NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.
NASA's SMAP and University of Texas scientists are rounding up critical soil information for managing the Lone Star State's limited water.
Maps of global soil moisture were created using data from the radiometer on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory. Each image is a composite of three days of data, centered on April 15, 18 and 22, 2015.
Initial data from SMAP capture the 2015 spring thaw progression over the Northern Hemisphere, with a thaw front extending from predominantly non-frozen southern latitudes to the still-frozen north.
Those who feel as though they've been living in the never-ending winter of the movie "Frozen" this year, this could be welcome news.