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What's a Water Vapor Satellite Image?

8th August 2016 | Joel Gratz

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The latest system dropped 12-16" at Mammoth...and that was just the start.  - © Kevin Westenbarger

The latest system dropped 12-16" at Mammoth...and that was just the start.
Copyright: Kevin Westenbarger

The latest system dropped 12-16" at Mammoth...and that was just the start.  - © Kevin Westenbarger
Since water vapor is present everywhere, water vapor satellite images show air motions in the atmosphere even in areas of blue skies with no clouds. The purple areas show more water vapor while red areas show less. Notice the area of spin over Seattle and the “ripples” over northern California and Oregon. Identifying these air motions is only possible with a water vapor image because these locations have no clouds for satellites to detect.

Since water vapor is present everywhere, water vapor satellite images show air motions in the atmosphere even in areas of blue skies with no clouds. The purple areas show more water vapor while red areas show less. Notice the area of spin over Seattle and the “ripples” over northern California and Oregon. Identifying these air motions is only possible with a water vapor image because these locations have no clouds for satellites to detect.

Since water vapor is present everywhere, water vapor satellite images show air motions in the atmosphere even in areas of blue skies with no clouds. The purple areas show more water vapor while red areas show less. Notice the area of spin over Seattle and the “ripples” over northern California and Oregon. Identifying these air motions is only possible with a water vapor image because these locations have no clouds for satellites to detect.

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