Vapor Trails over Canada

Vapor Trails over Canada
  • Credit:

    Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

One little victory in the life of a cloud—conditions were good for contrail formation over eastern Canada on April 12, 2002. This true-color Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) image reveals dozens of long, linear clouds around Nova Scotia that were left behind by jets flying between Europe and North America. (Rush hour flights leaving Europe in the early morning would have been in this part of the world by early afternoon when SeaWiFS was flying overhead.)

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  • Data Date:

    April 12, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    April 20, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS


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