MAS near infrared images on January 8 and 24 demonstrate variability of turbidity in the Atchafalaya Bay over short time scales.  On January 24 the turbidity maximum is in the Atchafalaya Bay while on January 8 the Atchafalaya Bay is a turbidity minimum.  A surge in Atchafalaya River discharge, beginning about January 18 and Continuing beyond January 24, likely caused and sustained the Atchafalaya Bay turbidity maximum seen in the January 24 image.
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