Past, Present Images Reveal Impact of California's Drought | NBC4 Washington

Past, Present Images Reveal Impact of California's Drought

Dramatic images show the extent of California's drought over the years

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images
    Skiers slalom through patches of dry ground at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, March 21, 2015 in Olympic Valley, California.

    The images below illustrate the severity of California's drought with past and recent images from around the state, now in its fourth consecutive dry year.

    Some of the images are from north-central California's Lake Oroville, where receeding water levels over the past four years have revealed large swaths of lakebed. Other images from NASA show the dramatic snowpack reduction in the Sierra Nevada range, where springtime runoff provides water for an estimated 25 million Californians.

    App Users: Scroll to bottom of article to access images on mobile site

    Lake Oroville: July 20, 2011 - Aug. 19. 2014

    The image below shows Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in north-central California. The first image shows full water under the Green Bridge in July 2011. The second image from August 2014 shows a dramatic change as the lake reached 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet.

    Oroville Lake: July July 20, 2011 and August 19, 2014
    Photo credit: Getty

    Folsom Dam: July 20, 2011 - Aug. 19, 2014

    In the image below, full water levels are seen at Folsom Dam at Folsom Lake on July 20, 2011 in El Folsom, California. Significant lower water levels are visible behind the dam on August 19, 2014 in the next image, which shows the lake at 40 percent of its total capacity of 977,000 acre feet.

    Folsom Lake: July 20, 2011 and August 19, 2014
    Photo credit: Getty

    Bidwell Marina, Oroville: July 20, 2011 - Aug. 19, 2014

    The images below show Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville in north-central California in July 2011 and August 2014. Lake and reservoir water levels across the state are at historic lows.

    Lake Oroville, Bidwell Marina: July 20, 2011 and Aug. 19, 2014
    Photo credit: Getty

    Lake Oroville, Enterprise Bridge: July 20, 2011 - Aug. 19, 2014

    The before-and-after images below provide an aerial view of Enterprise Bridge over Lake Oroville. The first image show full water levels in July 2011, the second image shows a significant water-level drop in August 2014.

    Lake Oroville, Enterprise Bridge: July 20, 2011 - Aug. 19, 2014
    Photo credit: Getty

    Sierra Nevada Range: January 2013 - January 2014

    These NASA images show the difference in Sierra Nevada range snowpack between January 2013 and January 2014. Springtime runoff from the snowpack provides water for millions of Californians.

    Sierra Nevada Range: January 2013 - January 2014
    Photo credit: NASA

    Mount Shasta: Nov. 1, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014

    NASA's Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite captured these images of California’s Mount Shasta. The first shows a snow-covered peak in January 2014, the second shows a naked landscape in November 2014 after a dry season.

    Mount Shasta: Nov. 1, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014
    Photo credit: NASA

    More California Drought Images

    Click on the galleries below to view more drought images from around California, including a look at the dismal snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas.

    Dramatic Photos of California's DroughtDramatic Photos of California's Drought