...Interesting Features on Satellite Monday Morning...

Several interesting features across the Midwest appeared on visible satellite imagery Monday morning.  This image was captured around 9:30 AM Monday morning, and is taken from the GOES East weather satellite, which is in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the United States.

As pointed out on the map, jet contrails are visible over parts of eastern Missouri and western Illinois.  With high pressure centered over the area Monday morning, very cold air aloft allowed the water vapor in jet exhaust to form ice crystals, creating the contrails.  Also pointed out on the map, fog formed over the relatively warm waters of Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake, and Bull Shoals Lake Monday morning.  Earlier in the day, fog was also visible over Stockton and Truman Lakes and Lake of the Ozarks.

Along with the features indicated on the map, one can see that the differences in land use were quite visible Monday morning.  Bare ground or grass and crops tend to reflect more light than forested areas, and the agricultural areas of central and northern Illinois show up quite nicely, as do the lowlands of the Mississippi Delta.  Darkening is evident over northern Arkansas and southern Missouri where much of the terrain is dense forest.   

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