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.
- CIMSS Satellite Blog (2017, December 31) Lake Michigan Mesovortex. Accessed January 2, 2018.
- National Weather Service (2017, December 31) Heavy Lake Effect Snow December 31st, 2017. Accessed January 2, 2018.
- Forbes (December 31, 2017) Record-Shattering Lake Effect Snow In The Great Lakes Region. How Does It Form?
- Penn State Lake-Effect Snow. Accessed January 2, 2018.
- Grim, J. & Laird, N. (2004) Mesoscale Vortices Embedded within a Lake-Effect Shoreline Band. Monthly Weather Review.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
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