Extent of Weekend Snow in South Mapped by MODIS

Late morning and early afternoon false color images from MODIS map the dissipation of snow over the Southeast U.S.

An earlier winter storm that traveled through the Gulf Coast states Friday night produced a thin blanket of snow from Louisiana through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee  as seen in the 1605UTC MODIS (Terra) false color image from December 5, 2009 on the left.  Red pixels in the cloud-free areas of the image indicate significant continuous snow coverage while dark red regions indicate lesser amounts as highlighted between the blue lines.  Above freezing temperatures and significant insolation melted the majority of the snow cover quickly as indicated in the 1925UTC MODIS  (Aqua) false cover image on the right..

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