Cold temperatures in the Yukon Territory of Canada

January 14th, 2011 |
GOES-11 10.7 µm IR and POES AVHRR 12.0 µm IR images

GOES-11 10.7 µm IR and POES AVHRR 12.0 µm IR images

The surface air temperature at Watson Lake in the southern Yukon Territory of Canada (station identifier CYQH) fell to -56º F (-49º C) at 16 UTC on 14 January 2011. About 2 hours later, a comparison of AWIPS images of 4-km resolution GOES-11 10.7 µm IR and 1-km resolution POES AVHRR IR data (above) showed the signature of cold air that had settled into the valleys across that region — this signature was naturally much clearer on the higher resolution POES AVHRR image. The coldest surface IR brightness temperature on the POES AVHRR IR image was -52º C (-62º F) just to the southeast of Watson Lake. Also note the northeastward “parallax shift” of the warmer cloud features on the GOES-11 image, due to the high viewing angle from that geostationary satellite (which was situated over the Equator at 135º West longitude).

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