As the Southland gets ready for that second, much more powerful storm, there is still a lot of concern about the California drought. So now NASA is lending a helping hand. The space agency partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) “… to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.”
“Over the past two decades, NASA has developed capabilities to measure and provide useful information for all components of Earth’s freshwater resources worldwide,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington, in a statement. “Working with partners like DWR, we are leveraging NASA’s unique Earth monitoring tools and science expertise to help managers address the state’s water management challenges.”
Meanwhile that first of two storms, dropped an average of 1/2 to 1 inch of rain overnight across most of SoCal and 1 to 2 inches inVentura County, according to ABC7’s Garth Kemp. That system is moving out leaving a brief period of sunshine before the next storm rolls into our area late tonight.
Weather watchers expect the second storm to be a real soaker with the heaviest rain tomorrow morning. Los Angeles could get 2-3 inches more rain and the valleys and the Inland Empire 3-6 inches. So keep that umbrella handy!