Contrails seen by MODIS

This is a for fun image seen at the Birmingham, Alabama National Weather Service.  I had the opportunity to visit the office last week.  While reviewing the SPoRT products with a forecaster, we came across this MODIS spectral difference image at 1 km resolution.  Typically, this product is used for fog detection.  However, on the night of November 9th, the high contrails of aircraft were evident.  While not useful in a forecast sense, this highlights the great resolution of MODIS and what we will eventually see with the Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-R.  It does not hurt that this is an interesting image as well.

A 1 km resolution image of the MODIS spectral difference product that observed contrails across much of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

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