DISCUSSION: As of later in the day on Friday, images were captured from just above the Earth's atmosphere of the current snow cover positioned across the state of California and beyond. As you can clearly see in the graphic above (as provided by the NOAA Satellite and Information Service), there is quite a distinct gradient associated with the relative concentrations of snowfall across many parts of southwestern United States. These vast differences in the extent of the current regional snow pack is chiefly due to the variability in the positions and moisture trajectories associated with each successive Winter-time extratropical low pressure system relative to the positioning of the more elevated regions scattered across the inter-mountain sections of the western and southwestern United States. Having said that, attached above is an image as captured later in the day yesterday of the Golden State as viewed from space this afternoon. California Department of Water Resources reports 186% of normal snow pack for this date statewide. It is worth noting that this an impressive positive departure from the typical snow pack depth which is observed across this part of the United States at this point in the Winter season.
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