Texoma snow as seen from space!

Skies (finally) cleared Saturday after five days of cold and gloom, and this allowed for a major melt-off to begin on Texoma roads.

The visible-wavelength camera mounted on the GOES weather satellite easily picks up this snow field as it is highly reflective. If you don’t believe me try walking outside on a sunny day with snow on the ground. Sunglasses are almost a must!

Meteorologists will often loop through several hours of satellite imagery over the same point to determine whether they are looking at snow or cloud cover since the snow doesn’t move.

Snow areas are within the dashed yellow line. White area in upper left corner of image is cloud cover. Note the shadows next to white blobs in Texas Panhandle: another clue for clouds instead of snow.

 Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist



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  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    Areas in East Central OK reflect mountain-and-valley topography and heavily forested regions....stay warm...Steve
  • by John Location: Oklahoma on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    Very cool! What is the larger depressed area seen in east central Oklahoma? Is this a land depression or cloud cover? Thanks for your continued efforts.
  • by Steve Location: Whitesboro on Feb 6, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    Super cool picture. Thanks for sharing Steve.
  • by Brandon Location: Sherman on Feb 5, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    Very interesting!
  • by Heather on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    pretty neat
  • by James H Location: Ladonia on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    That is pretty cool Steve!!!!Cant wait till wednesday
  • by Dave Location: Texoma on Feb 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    That's very interesting. It would be more interesting to see the entire snow blanket to see how much of the country it covers.
  • by Ron Location: Howe on Feb 5, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    That's an amazing photograph. Thanks for sharing that. It's a pre-cursor of things to come.
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