Satellite Images in Color

High resolution color images, showing much of the country, are taken around midday each day by polar orbiting satellites. These images are provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center and can be found by following this link.

On this page, you can view the most recent image.  You may also zoom in to view smaller sectors of the image in greater resolution.  Daily images from the past may be viewed from an archive that goes back to 2007.

Information about the satellites that obtain these images, and links to other interesting satellite images can be found through this link.

Changing Seasons Viewed from Satellite
The following is an image from October 29, 2012
Satellite view from October 29, 2012
On this day, the clear skies over eastern Iowa and Illinois in the center of the image provided a good perspective of the terrain and the colors of the season. The brown and beige colors reflect the dried vegetation and harvested farm fields, while the darker and slightly greener regions highlight major rivers, river valleys and forests. The large, white cloud deck covering most of Michigan and Ohio was the edge of Post-Tropical Storm Sandy, which was spreading westward at the time.
An Image from only 30 days earlier (Sep. 29, 2012), shows the somewhat greener conditions from early fall.

Satellite image from September 29, 2012

Going back another 30 days to August 29th, the color green dominates, reflecting the late summer landscape. Large areas of brown or beige across much of Missouri into southern Illinois highlighted areas suffering from extreme drought conditions.
Satellite image from August 29, 2012
The above images are courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center.

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