Six Things You Don’t Know About Snow
FACT #1: Snow covers 30 percent of land on Earth.
FACT #2: More than 1.2 billion people rely on melt from snowpack and glaciers.
FACT #3: Snowmelt is the main source of water for 60 million Americans.
FACT #4: Since 1967, 1 million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere – an area the size of the southwestern U.S.
FACT #5: 70 percent of water from the snow-fed San Joaquin River irrigates California’s Central Valley.
FACT #6: NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission observes falling snow, even at the tops of hurricanes.
Measuring how much water is
in a snowpack is not easy. Scientists are investigating the best combination of
sensors for different terrains. More accurate snow measurements will help
scientists and decision makers better understand our world’s water supply and
better predict floods and droughts.
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