Three Atmospheric Dragons: Low Pressure Areas around US

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:26pm
Rob Gutro, NASA

Three Atmospheric Dragons -- Courtesy of NASA There are three low pressure systems around the U.S. and they resemble dragons on satellite imagery. This NOAA GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite image from March 31, 2014, shows the low pressure systems in the eastern Pacific Ocean, over the nation's Heartland, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. All three lows have the signature comma shape that make them appear to be curled up dragons.

According to the National Weather Service, the low pressure area approaching the northwestern U.S. was expected to bring rainfall to the coast and areas of snow that stretched from western Washington state south toward the four corners region. The low in the middle of the country is located over Nebraska and was dropping snow to the north and west of it. That same low brought rain from southern Minnesota south to eastern Texas. Meanwhile, the third low pressure system was bringing rain and snow to parts of New England.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite sits in a fixed orbit in space capturing visible and infrared imagery of all weather over the eastern U.S. and Atlantic Ocean.

The data to create this image was taken on March 31, 2014 at 17:45 UTC/1:45 p.m. EDT by NOAA's GOES-East or GOES-13 satellite and made into an image by NASA/NOAA's GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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