February 04, 2002
The path of last week's snow storm through the midwest is plainly seen in this GOES image acquired on Feb 1. The open plains of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa where snow fell lie in stark contrast to the darker snow free areas to the north and south. River valleys, especially in Iowa and Minnesota, are clearly outlined, presumably because of trees growing along rivers that mask the snowfall. Numerous reservoirs in Kansas are easily discerned, but are not ice covered like the lakes of northern Minnesota. In southwestern Wisconsin, snowfall contrasts vegetation differences within the unglaciated "driftless area" - wooded hills to the north are darker than the open agricultural fields to the south.