Concentric cumulus cloud system over Southern United States

Concentric cumulus cloud system over Southern United States
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Concentric rings of small cumulus clouds appear to be spinning inwards toward a center point located roughly near the border of northeast Louisiana (the boot-shaped state) and Mississippi (to its east). It's possible that there is an area of low pressure near there, as clouds spin counterclockwise around a low pressure center in the northern hemisphere. Several fires (red dots) have been detected by MODIS, mainly along the Mississippi River corridor.

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  • Data Date:

    June 1, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    June 4, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS


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