Bands 8, 9, and 10, from GOES-16, are combined to render the upper, mid, and lower level atmosphere in pseudo-color. Blue shades represent the higher elevations, and the reddish-browns, the lower.
The animation at left marks the beginning of our utilization of the new generation of NOAA geostationary satellites. GOES-16 (east)
delivers this "CONUS" view every five minutes, in 16 bands, as well as a "full disk" hemispheric view every 15 minutes. At right is a composite nighttime brightness temperature form GOES-16 band 7. The link below the image leads to the daily archive. Please check back often for more new GOES-16 products!
One week after the (second year in a row) opening of the Bonnet Carree Spillway, Landsat-8 shows significant sediment flowing into Lake Pontchartrain.
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Heavy winter precipitation in the midwest brought rising waters to the Mississippi River in late February, 2018. Last opened just two years ago, the Bonnet Carre Spillway, located in the southwestern corner of Lake Pontchartrain, was opened on March 8th, to relieve pressure on the levees. Engineers sought to keep the river stage at New Orleans below 17 feet, and have opened about half of the 350 bays. 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.