21 Jul '11, 10pm

July Snow in the Uintas Mountains, Utah [image] #NASA

July Snow in the Uintas Mountains, Utah [image] #NASA

By July in a typical year, the snow that covers the slopes of the Rocky Mountains has given way to grasses and wildflowers, leaving only the peaks capped in white. But 2011 has not been a typical year. As this image of the Uinta Mountains in northeast Utah shows, winter’s snow is lingering into summer. On June 26, the snowpack on the southern face of the range was 849 percent above average. The northern face had 892 percent more snow than average. The image was taken by the Landsat 5 satellite on July 15, 2011. The lower image, also from the Landsat 5 satellite, shows more representative conditions on July 9, 2003. In the lower image, snow snakes along the high ridgelines, while the slopes are bare. Snow is a much more dominant part of the scene in 2011. The Uintas are typical of conditions throughout the northern Rockies and northwestern United States. From Montana to Cal...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=51419&s...

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