Taken 25 March 2011, this sunset was taken after a High pressure system sat on Switzerland and left so much still air that the contrails for an entire day could be seen.
Taken 30-April-2011 on Pinnacle Mountain in South Carolina, USA. A slight haze hung over the mountains, but the night proved to be crystal clear, with no moon and many stars. This photo was taken just 2 days after the violent tornadoes had wreaked havoc in nearby communities.
Liverpool, NY is in the lake-effect snow belt SE of Lake Ontario. What that means is whenever the wind flows across the lake if we are lucky it is cloudy and if we are not lucky it snows. Because the predominant wind in the winter is from the NW snow is common, clear skies are rare. On February 9, 2011 we had a rare clear day with a reminder of the previous night’s weather when wind-blown snow nearly filled the path with drifts.
Thunderstorm in Summer 2010, Waconia, MN. Backlit by the sun, note the shelf or “arcus” cloud. Read the rest of this entry
Classic Comma Head Extratropical Cyclone over the Eastern U.S.
This extratropical cyclone shows a classic comma shaped cloud system usually associated with dangerous winter weather. In this picture we are seeing the cyclone in its mature, or occluded, stage, when the storm begins to lose its ability to deepen. Soon this storm will begin to shear into a persistent, cold-core low. This image was taken by GOES East at 1845Z on April 12, 2011. Source: NOAA/NASA GOES Project
Hurricane Earl: The Astronaut View
The relatively placid view from the International Space Station belied the potent forces at work in Hurricane Earl as it hovered northeast of Puerto Rico on Aug. 30, 2010. With maximum sustained winds of 135 miles (215 kilometers) per hour, the storm was classified as a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale as it passed north of the Virgin Islands.
These two false colored images from the NASA Terra satellite show the Cairo, IL region on April 28, 2011 and April 29, 2010. The differences are stark. Blue colors indicate water, green and brown is dry land. MODIS, the visible and infrared sensor on Terra, is the precursor to the visible and infrared sensors to be flown on NOAA’s future geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, GOES-R and JPSS.