Snow around the Great Lakes
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Snow and clouds cover the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired December 3, 2002. The snow highlights the region’s features, namely (from left to right) Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario Lakes, but also the hilly texture of the landscape that is otherwise hard to distinguish from above.
In this image, the snow stretches across 12 of the U.S.’ northernmost states (from Minnesota to New Hampshire), down into West Virginia, and up into the two Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The streak of snow from southwestern Pennsylvania into West Virginia highlights the Allegheny Mountains in the greater Appalachian Mountain Range, which stretches for over a thousand kilometers and across eight states.