NASA captures severe California drought

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. (CNN/California Department of Water Resources)
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. (CNN/California Department of Water Resources)

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.

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