A satellite animation, created under the GOES project of NASA/NOAA has revealed the astonishing view of how storms and heavy rainfall is affecting California and how snows have kept blanketing the Pacific Northwest. The clearly visible snap taken by the Aqua Satellite of NASA from 6-9 January 2017 has shown the tremendous rainfall events that have been hitting California and snowstorm covering the Pacific Northwest.
The animation of clearly noticeable and infrared imagery clicked by NOAA’s GOES-West satellite published at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in Greenbelt, Maryland. The animation showed the process of a suit of humidity-loaded storms hitting California. The event took place from January 6 to January 9, 2017. Can be watched it below!
GOES series of satellites were managed by NOAA, following which NASA/NOAA GOES Project took the satellite data for developing the animations and imageries. The animation also shows the affecting event of a high torrent of tornados to the U.S. West coast over the same period, when a low-pressure west coast location of Canada shook up.
As mentioned in the animation, on 9th January, another location of low pressure crossed over Oregon, where the National Weather Service is predicting intense snowstorms. On the very same day, National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (NWS WPC), located at College Park Md also predicted that, “Due to the lower pressure at West Coast, heavy rainfall will be marked in many areas, some of which are likely to experience extremely heavy rain events, which may lead to the situation of flooding or flash flooding.”
In addition to this, the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (NWS WPC) also has forecasted some other locations like The Eastern Douglas County Foothills, south central and southern Oregon Cascades, and the Siskiyou Mountains to be under the threat of a Winter Storm Warning that requires “6 to 10 inches possible over 3,000 feet and 1 to 2 feet possible higher than 5,000 feet.”
In the meantime, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) tool that flies onboard the Aqua satellite of NASA framed an image of snow blanket that covered the locations like Washington, Idaho, Oregon, northern California and Nevada. The image was taken at 3:35 p.m. EST (20:35 UTC), on 6th January 2017.
According to the officials of NASA, it was the same week of 2016, when the West Coast underwent a similar attack of extremely drenched weather. In 2016, from January 5 to January 7, heavy rainfall deeply affected the Pacific coast; because of the intensification of storm systems in the Eastern Pacific Ocean struck southern California. The event also prompted flooding and mudslide in many areas and now it seems, nature is repeating the history.
Previously, the US space agency NASA has released a new video which shows Moon crossing the sunlit side of the Earth. The video was made by stitching the images captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) launched jointly by NASA and NOAA. Earlier, NASA has tweeted a stunning time-lapse video of Earth shooted at a distance of nearly a million miles. The amazing video was made by combining more 3000 images that were captured in a year.
All the pics were taken using the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard the DSCOVR satellite orbiting Earth at a distance of million miles. The satellite is located at a gravitationally stable spot in space between the Earth and the sun known as a Lagrange point.