GOES-13 Satellite Reveals Active Eastern U.S. Weather
Several areas of active weather are happening in the eastern U.S., and NOAA's GOES-13 satellite saw two significant low pressure areas and a well-defined cold front today.
The visible image from GOES-13 on Oct. 21 at 17:31 UTC (1:31 p.m. EDT) showed a low pressure area over the eastern Great Lakes, a developing tropical low in the western Caribbean and clouds that marked a cold front over the western Atlantic Ocean. The image was created by the NASA GOES Project located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The image was created using a true-color image of land from the Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies on NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. Then, clouds seen from the GOES-13 satellite are combined to complete the picture.
The cloud cover from the eastern Great Lakes low stretches from eastern Wisconsin east to Maine and north into Canada. That low is bringing rain to Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, upstate New York and northern New England today.
Further south, GOES-13 captured a developing low pressure area that the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are keeping a close eye on this weekend. The rounded area of clouds southwest of Cuba (bottom center) appear to be getting organized. The National Hurricane Center gives the low pressure area, known as System 96L right now, a 60% chance of becoming the eighteenth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season.
To the east is a line of clouds that stretches the entire length of the U.S. east coast from a strong cold front that moved off-shore on Thursday, October 20. The cloudless skies over the middle part of the country to the west foretell a nice weekend for the U.S. east coast.
Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
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