River valley fog features on VIIRS Day/Night Band imagery

September 4th, 2012 |
Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.8 µm Day/Night Band image (with surface observations)

Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.8 µm Day/Night Band image (with surface observations)

An AWIPS image of Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.8 µm Day/Night Band data with overlays of surface observations (above) revealed the “dendritic fingers” signature of river valley fog across parts of southwestern Wisconsin and the adjacent Mississippi River Valley region at 08:17 UTC (3:17 AM local time) on 04 September 2012. The moon was in the waning gibbous phase (with 83% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated), providing ample illumination of the night-time river valley fog features in the middle portion of the image. Additional cloud features could also be seen in other parts of the satellite scene, as well as the brighter signatures of city light across the region.

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