Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Striking 'Cloud Streets' Seen From Space

On Nov. 13, 2012, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of cloud streets amidst northwesterly winds over Hudson Bay.


Trapped beneath a warm air layer and directed by a cold northwesterly wind, fluffy cumulus clouds line up in bands called 'cloud streets' in an image captured Nov. 13 by NASA's Terra satellite.

The visible light image by the satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows skinny, northwest-oriented clouds filling Hudson Bay in northeastern Canada.

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