MODIS Nighttime RGB Warm vs. Cold Low Clouds

The MODIS NT Microphysics RGB Friday morning October 26, 2012, indicated color difference in the low cloud fields over eastern NM and southern TX.  Despite these low cloud layers at relatively similar levels, the atmospheric characteristics in the secondary post cold frontal airmass over NM contrasts the warmer cloud layer over TX.  Relatively little impact occurred at airport terminal sites over NM however some very light snow was reported beneath these clouds along the Colorado border.

One thought on “MODIS Nighttime RGB Warm vs. Cold Low Clouds

  1. Nice post ABQ. The deeper clouds here, represented by the yellow and red colors, might be good for indicating regions where cloud temps were sufficiently cold to produce dendritic growth. Of course, this could be matched up with other IR imagery/data to sample the cloud top temps in AWIPS. The DDC sounding this morning suggested this may be a feeder-seeder event.

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