A Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan
acquired December 31, 2017 download large image (10 MB, JPEG, 7364x8784)

On December 31, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of a strong band of lake-effect snow moving across Lake Michigan. The snow was amplified by the emergence of a mesovortex, a rotational feature that moved south over the length of the lake. This meteorological feature dropped more than a foot of snow in parts of Indiana.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.

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Aqua - MODIS

A Mesovortex Over Lake Michigan

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