Thursday, December 22, 2011

Satellite Image Shows Dec. 20, 2011 Snowfall



Snow storm snow cover, Dec. 21, 2011
The satellite image shown here from December 21, 2011 shows the extent of snow cover resulting from the High Plains Snowstorm of December 19, 2011.

Map Interpretation:
CLOUDS:
Clouds can be seen in north central Nebraska and the Nebraska panhandle. Clouds can also be seen in Se Iowa through eastern and southern Missouri into Arkansas. A few isolated small cloud clusters can be also be seen in eastern Nebraska.

SNOW COVER: The panhandle of Oklahoma is snow covered as is SE Colorado. The white area stretching up to far NE Kansas and barely into the southeast corner of Nebraska is also snow covered. It is important to note that there was no snow cover in this area prior to the snow storm. And, in fact many of the high temperatures on December 18 were in the mid to upper 60's in western Kansas, SE Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle. Looking closely at the snow cover in north central to northeast Kansas, several lakes can be noted by their dark color in contrast to the surrounding white snow covered land area. It is difficult to see, but there is an area extending from McCook up into the Nebraska sandhills that has some remaining snow cover from a snowfall of over a week ago.

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