This week’s Satellite Image of the Week was taken over the snowy Dakotas.
A powerful winter storm passed through the Upper Midwest, dumping a lot of snow across the region. The visible satellite imagery shows the snow-covered ground in its wake. If you look closely, you can see a few clouds in northern Nebraska. They look fluffier and elongated as compared to the snow.
Picking out snow from clouds has become much easier, thanks to this higher resolution GOES-16 Satellite. In the past, you might have to use a different wavelength (other than visible light) to distinguish clouds from snow. However, they can be easily distinguished on this image.
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Source: College of DuPage – Meteorology