Storms off Southeast United States and pollution over Middle West
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Remnants of Tropical Storm Bertha dumped heavy rains across parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on August 5, 2002. As much as 6.73 inches of rain fell in Pascagoula, Miss., according to news reports. Meanwhile, another tropical depression formed off the coast of South Carolina on Aug. 5 and is gathering strength. As of Aug. 6, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, just 4 mph short of becoming a tropical storm, and was moving slowly eastward. If it continues to intensify, it will become Tropical Storm Cristobol.
Elsewhere in this scene, a widespread pall of haze can be seen spanning from Arkansas and Missouri across Tennessee and Kentucky, and into Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Many of these regions received Code Red air quality warnings.