A streak ofsnow left by a large snow system cuts horizontally across the eastern United Statesin this true-color Aqua MODIS image from December 6, 2002. From left to right, thesnow streaks across southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, southern Missouri andnorthern Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Kentucky, and southernOhio. Another streak of snow runs from northern Ohio into Michigan, northernIndiana, northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and eastern Minnesota.
The southern end of Lake Michigan is visible at the top of the image (partiallycovered by clouds), the western tip of Lake Erie is just visible at the top rightcorner, and the Gulf of Mexico is visible at the bottom of the image. Four fires,marked in red, are dotted around the scene: in Iowa, Indiana (near Lake Michigan),and near the Gulf of Mexico in both Louisiana and on the panhandle of Florida. The fires in Iowa, Indiana, and the Florida panhandle are small and do not havevisible smoke plumes, while the fire on the Louisiana coast is larger, with a smokeplume pointing south.