US East Coast

September 11, 2000


Provided by: NASA/GSFC
Summary authors & editors: Amber Kerr; Jim Foster

There shouldn't have been any problem with forecasting the weather on this day. It's beautiful all across the eastern U.S. When the Terra satellite took this image, using the MODIS (MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensor, on March 6, 2000, the clouds behaved themselves and stayed over the open water. However, a storm is beginning to move in from the west.

What's left of the snow cover during this unusually warm winter is confined to Canada, northeastern Minnesota, the upper peninsula of Michigan, and the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains of New York. According to satellite observations (available since 1966), there was less snow cover in March 2000, for North America, than in any other year on record.

Of course, the beautiful Bahamas, off the southeastern coast of Florida, never have to worry about snow. Shallow sandbanks and coral reefs reflect light back to the satellite, making the water around the islands appear light blue on this true color image. The Bahamas have more coral reef than any other country in the world. Surely, the turquoise water surrounding these tropical isles beckons many residents of the frozen north to come for a visit.

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