NASA captures severe California drought

CALIFORNIA (CNN/California Department of Water Resources) — NASA is partnering with California to help the state better monitor and respond to severe drought.

This year is shaping up to be one of its driest on record.

These are images of Folsom Lake, near Sacramento.

The comparison shows what it looked like in 2011 — when the lake was at 97 percent capacity – and then what it looked like last month at 17 percent capacity.

NASA will lend its remote-sensing resources to help California water managers get better forecasts and information on drought conditions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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