Snow Cover in Texas and New Mexico

March 07, 2004

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Provided by: Mark Conner, HQ AF Weather Agency
Summary authors & editors: Mark Conner

The image above was taken by the USAF's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), and shows the aftermath of a snowstorm in late February that dumped over 4" (10 cm) of snow over the western Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. Some of the larger cities such as Clovis, New Mexico (to the northeast or upper right of Cannon Air Force Base -- adjacent to the Texas border) and Lubbock, Texas (to the east of Reese Air Force Base and southeast of Clovis) can be identified as the darker blotches within the snow cover. The bright appearing area at the lower left of the image is White Sands, New Mexico -- sand and not snow. Note that the serpentine linear feature to the north of Cannon Air Force Base is the Canadian River. Clouds cover the right hand portion of the image.

DMSP is a U.S. Air Force-owned constellation of polar-orbiting weather satellites collecting data and imagery to support military weather forecasters around the world.

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