Fog/stratus in the Snake River Basin of Idaho

December 29th, 2020 |

GOES-17 Night Fog BTD and “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-17 Night Fog BTD and “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-17 (GOES-West) Night Fog brightness temperature difference (BTD) and “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) showed the nighttime and daytime signature of a fog/stratus layer that had persisted throughout much of the Snake River Basin in southern Idaho on 29 December 2020. Some sites along the Interstate 84 corridor were reporting freezing fog — and the surface visibility was restricted to less than 1/4 mile at times in Boise (KBOI).

During the preceding nighttime hours, the extent of fog/stratus cloud within the Basin was well-illuminated by a nearly-full Moon (which was in the Waxing Gibbous phase, at 99% of Full) as seen in a Suomi NPP VIIRS image at 0856 UTC (below).

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

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