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Map: There's Way More Snow Cover This Year Than Last

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What a difference a year makes. In February 2015, California was in the midst of its fourth consecutive year of drought and most of the Northwest had very little snow. Fast forward to today and you'll see that the snow cover in the west is drastically different.

The strongest El Niño on record has brought abundant snowfall to almost all mountains in the region, and all that powder is making everyone want to ski.

Here's the national view of the snow depth on February 2, 2016:

California's snowpack in particular is looking much better. Consider that a study published over the summer reported that the state's snowpack had hit a 500-year low. This is what that looked like:

It might not be quite enough to end California's epic drought, but the state's current snowpack is the deepest it has been in five years.