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The Gulf of Carpentaria Region is well-known for the frequent occurence of long cloud lines. These include the so-called "North Australian Cloud Line" (NACL), a line of convective clouds sometimes stretching 500km across the Gulf, and "The Morning Glory" phenomenon, a propagating wave-cloud, or series of such clouds, which sometimes forms the soutern extension of the NACL. Northeasterly morning glories and the NACL appear to form along a convergence line that originates from the sea breeze circulations that form over the peninsula, while most southerly morning glories appear to originate from cold fronts that cross central Australia.
Date: 18/05/2003
RGB: B3B2B0
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Secheresse
Secheresse
The effects of the drought on vegetation beginning July and August 2003 is clearly visible on the two images below. The images represent the variation of the vegetation index of the summer of 2003 compared to the summer of 2002. The bleu coloured zones on the map represent a vegetation condition in 2003 similar to the one in 2002. Spain appears in blue as 2003 was as dry as 2002. Also villages appear in blue as their VEGETATION cover is very sparse. Above all the dryness affects the South Western part of France, the Central Massive and the Northern part of Italy. This can be linked to several factors: the turning yellow or early fall of the leaves, early harvesting, forest fires. In the red colour on the image of August we remark the fires of the Var region and Corsica. We can also note the increase of drought in August. Finally one can approach these images as well from the maps who show the deficit in precipitation during the first semester (source: Bulletin de Situation Hydrogolique”). The deficit of water influences particularly half the South of France, excluded the Languedoc-Roussillon region, which is also visible on this “vegetation-dryness-map”. The images, with a 1km resolution originate from the VEGETATION2 instrument and are processed by VITO and treated at CNES (QTIS)
Date:05 09 2003
Secheresse
Secheresse
Secheresse
The effects of the drought on vegetation beginning July and August 2003 is clearly visible on the two images below. The images represent the variation of the vegetation index of the summer of 2003 compared to the summer of 2002. The bleu coloured zones on the map represent a vegetation condition in 2003 similar to the one in 2002. Spain appears in blue as 2003 was as dry as 2002. Also villages appear in blue as their VEGETATION cover is very sparse. Above all the dryness affects the South Western part of France, the Central Massive and the Northern part of Italy. This can be linked to several factors: the turning yellow or early fall of the leaves, early harvesting, forest fires. In the red colour on the image of August we remark the fires of the Var region and Corsica. We can also note the increase of drought in August. Finally one can approach these images as well from the maps who show the deficit in precipitation during the first semester (source: Bulletin de Situation Hydrogolique”). The deficit of water influences particularly half the South of France, excluded the Languedoc-Roussillon region, which is also visible on this “vegetation-dryness-map”. The images, with a 1km resolution originate from the VEGETATION2 instrument and are processed by VITO and treated at CNES (QTIS)
Date:05 09 2003
Secheresse
sunreflection Somalia
sunreflection Somalia
The sun reflects in the ocean near Somalia.
Date: 30 March 2005
RGB: B3 B2 B0
sunreflection Somalia
aridity Europe
aridity Europe
The heat wave of mid June (West Europe) caused some aridity in South West France and in Spain. In Norway and the Alps the snow melted largely.
Date: 09 July 2005
RGB: MIR B3 B0
aridity Europe
eclipse Sahara
eclipse Sahara
On Wednesday, 2006 March 29, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses half the Earth, SAHARA is shown in this image. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow began in Brazil and extended across the Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia where it ended at sunset in western Mongolia. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which included the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe, and central Asia.
Date: 29/03/2006
RGB: B3B2B0
eclipse Sahara
phytoplankton
phytoplankton
A flush of blue and green lit the waters at the mouth of the Amazon river in Brazil as a phytoplankton bloom grew and faded in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Date: 07/01/2008
RGB: B2-B3-B0
phytoplankton
floods Zambezi
floods Zambezi
Residents in the Kariba area say they recorded a 2.2 metre rise in the level of the 5,200-sq-km lake from mid-December to mid- January after the highest rainfall since records started in 1890. The Kariba gate has been opened to reduce the lake level to accommodate the expected heavy inflow and to prevent 'structural damage' to the dam wall. The level of the Zambezi River downstream of Kariba Dam has been swollen by torrential rainsand by the opening of the dam's floodgates.
Date: 12-02-2008
RGB:B3 B2 B0
floods Zambezi
floods Illinois
floods Illinois
Heavy rains in early June 2008 soaked the U.S. Midwest, leaving swollen rivers in their wake. On the image taken on the 10th of June, the swollen rivers can be clearly seen. The image of the 21st of May shows the normal situation of the rivers. These images use shortwave, near infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water. In these images, vegetation appears bright green, bare ground looks brown, clouds look blue-white, and water appears dark blue. The Embarras, Wabash, White, and East Fork White Rivers are all swollen from the heavy rains.
Date: 08-06-2008
RGB:MIR-B3-B0
floods Illinois
rainbow
rainbow
A rainbow near the coast of Peru (South America), captured by the VEGETATION instrument on board of SPOT5.
Date : 15-11-2008
RGB : B3 B2 B0
rainbow