Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring is Coming

It's fun to look at these satellite images from MODIS. This image is of the East Coast following the recent snowstorm. Skies were almost completely clear over the East Coast in this true-color image, and a wide swath of snow coated the ground. South of Chesapeake Bay, the snow sweeps inland and stretches southward into Georgia. In the north, Lake Ontario appears ice-free, but some ice coats neighboring Lake Erie. Off the East Coast, clouds form “streets” over the ocean, a pattern seen over the Greenland Sea days earlier.
Spring is getting close. Temperatures rose into the low 60's on Thursday and will hit the mid 60's today. We may even hit the low 70's Saturday.
The two maps below show severe weather reports for 2008 and 2009. We've only had one or two severe weather reports in Franklin County this year, but there will be many more to come. Can you imagine how boring the weather would be west of the Rocky Mountains? Compared the Eastern two-thirds of the country, nothing is happening.

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