February 19, 2013 - Cloud streets off New England

Cloud streets off New England

While New England dug out from the Blizzard of 2013, clearing skies over the snow-laden land gave way to a beautiful pattern of cloud streets just off shore. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the scene on February 10, 2013.

Cloud streets form when cold air move over warmer waters, while a warmer air layer (a temperature inversion) sits over top of both. The streets (parallel lines of cloud) form along the direction of the wind. Newly formed streets appear well-defined and crisp. As they age, the clouds expand and the clouds form a less distinct pattern.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 2/10/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC