First Snows of the Season

October 18, 2002


Provided by: MODIS Science Team
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; MODIS Science Team

The above Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) true-color, visible image was acquired on October 9, 2002 and shows the first snows of the season dusting the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. MODIS is one of the family of sensors on board the Terra satellite. While much of the rest of the US has been gradually moving into autumn, the central and northern Rockies are already gearing up for the winter skiing season. The Wind River Range, at the upper center, is the location of Wyoming's highest point, Gannett Peak (over 13,800 feet or 4,452 m). The Uinta Range, at left center, is the location of Utah's highest point, Kings Peak (over 13,500 feet or 4,355 m). Great Salt Lake is just to the west of the Unita Range.

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