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

KXII-TV

 

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