Another blast of cold temperatures and snowstorm Rolls Across the U.S. Although brisk winds and snow blanketed portions of the Midwest and South on January 22 and 23, 2003. Up to 12 inches of snow fell in portions of the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia. In fact, the Outer Banks of North Carolina saw their first significant snowfall in thirteen years as 40 mph winds created snowdrifts instead of the usual sand dunes. Widespread record-setting lows were reported in many southern states while wind chills dipped well below zero.
This false-color image was acquired on Jan. 23 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. Blue hues indicate snow-coverd land and white areas are clouds. The high-resolution image available here is 500 meters per pixel. Visit the MODIS Rapid Response Team, for a copy of this scene at MODIS’ full resolution of 250 meters per pixel.
Therefore the Snowstorm Rolls Across the U.S. in this area very often during storm season in the winter. The hues that cover the image are shown the snow that covers the surrounding areas. Also the wind chills hit below freezing and are very strong.
Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC