Thanks to the diligent efforts of our AWIPS focal point and the folks at NASA SPoRT we now have the MODIS hybrid products available at WFO ABQ. Some interesting features have already been observed on water vapor. The first image is water vapor valid at 1731 UTC 01/04/2011. Note the high resolution mountain wave activity over southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The thin lines over northwest Mexico appear to be airplane contrails from flights out of the southwest U.S. into Mexico.
The storm track has been quite active recently over the southwest U.S. with 2 significant winter storms impacting New Mexico since Christmas. The following imagery is an animated gif showing the progression between the MODIS hybrid visible satellite imagery and the MODIS 1km False Color. Notice the snow covered areas in the visible fade to red in the false color. Click the image to view the animation (may take a minute).