As 2017 came to a close, GOES-16, the first in the new generation of NOAA geostationary satellites, became operational. This January 5, 2018 view is of the "bomb" cyclone which formed off the US east coast. Intense cold air collided with warmer moist air over the western Atlantic to create this monster cyclonic circulation. [Image links to RAMMB/CIRA animation from their experimental SLIDER animator.]
Recent snowfall was captured by NASA's Aqua MODIS sensor on Saturday Dec 09, 2017
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2016 kicked off with rising waters in the Mississippi River in January. As in 2011, the Bonnet Carre Spillway, located in the southwestern corner of Lake Pontchartrain, was opened on January 10th, to relieve pressure on the levees. Engineers sought to limit the river flow at New Orleans to no more than 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs). This gallery of images will catalog the macro-scale movement of this sediment-laden water. More images can be found in the recent images in the Image of the Week collection.