Satellite Instruction and Examples
Here is a look at the same surface cyclone/low pressure
system by using all three types of satellite pictures.
Other Satellite examples:
The Andover Tornado Event Visible and Infrared Pictures
Blowing snow: Visible Picture
Lake Effect snow:Visible Picture
The radar that goes with that image
Notice the cloud bands, or streaks from Lake Superior into the U.P. of
Michigan and the bands from Lake Michigan into Lower Michigan.
Storm of the Century: Color enhanced
The blues and reds in the Atlantic, east of South Carolina, Georgia
and Florida represent the coldest/highest tops along the cold front. The
surface low is located in western West Virginia/southeastern Ohio.
Notice the dry intrusion through Georgia into the eastern Carolinas.
Snow Cover Visible Picture
Here is the
snowcover chart to go along with the sat image.
What looks like clouds over the Dakotas, eastern and southern Minnesota,
Iowa, Missouri, eastern Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana
is simply snow cover.
Gulf Moisture Water Vapor Image
Notice the bright whites streaming from the Gulf northward to Minnesota.
This represents areas of high moisture. Southerly flow in Mississippi
Valley allows this moisture to return. The black line in eastern
Nebraska, eastern Kansas and southward is the coldfront and the end
of the gulf flow. The moister air in the great plains just to the west
of that, the return to brighter whites, is pacific moisture.
Visible Example (Vis)
Snow Cover, bodies of water, mountains, etc.