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Snow covered ground and the visible satellite image

Added on: February 2, 2011         Duration: 6 minutes

The visible satellite image can be an excellent way to determine the extent of the cloud cover over your proposed route. This is especially important during the cold season when structural icing is the most prevalent. However, during the cold season the visible satellite image may not be trivial to interpret especially when the surface is snow covered. Snow has the same brightness as the top of most clouds and often appears to look the same on the visible satellite image. This makes it difficult or fundamentally impossible to distinguish between cloud cover and snow. In this workshop, we’ll examine a few techniques to distinguish between areas of clouds and clear air with snow on the ground.

 

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