Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
U.S. Air Force’s First GPS III Satellite Receives Commands From Next-Generation OCX Ground Control Segment
DENVER – The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully...
Airbus Selected by ESA for Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS)
Brussels – Airbus has been selected by the European...
Map of the Month: Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index Study, 2017
This year's Anholt-GfK Nation Brands IndexSM study finds that...
Manufacturer’s Edge CEO Tom Bugnitz Receives Cosmic Contributor Award
(Denver, CO) On December 6, Manufacturer’s Edge (ME) CEO...
Esri Business Partner, GEO Jobe, Announces Release of Admin Tools V 1.0.14 in the ArcGIS Marketplace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - We're pleased to announce an important...

This image was composed with visible and infrared light (MODIS bands 7-2-1), a combination that highlights the contrast between clouds and land. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response)

Cyclones that form over Earth’s mid-latitudes often are memorable for the wind, rain and tornadoes they can spawn. But not every one of these low-pressure systems delivers severe weather.

On July 16, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of cyclonic rotation off the coast of Portugal. In the vicinity of the Iberian Peninsula, these low-pressure systems are relatively slow-moving and tend to be poorly developed in summer; they often form clouds without any precipitation.

“A slow-moving cyclone over the Portuguese coast sucked in dry, cloud-free air from the Iberian Peninsula and moist, cloudy air from the Atlantic, forming a spiral,” said Peter Knippertz, a meteorologist at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He notes that the clouds wrapped up in the circulation appear to be marine stratocumulus.

Comments are closed.