Pic of the day — the Rockies divide weather systems


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Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed the Rocky Mountains from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. He shared the image with his social media followers on Jan. 9, 2017, writing, “the Rocky mountains are a step too high – even for the clouds to cross.”

2 thoughts on “Pic of the day — the Rockies divide weather systems

  1. FYI says:

    “NASA measures ‘dust on snow’ to help manage Colorado River basin water supplies” https://phys.org/news/2017-01-nasa-colorado-river-basin.html In 2009, massive storms blew what seemed to be unprecedented amounts of dust from the Colorado plateau onto the pristine white snow in the Rocky Mountains. That year served as a turning point in scientists’ understanding of how a thick blanket of dust absorbs more of the sun’s energy and melts snowpack more quickly. “We found that really dusty conditions increase the rate of snowmelt about as much as raising the temperature by 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit,” explained [Stacie Bender of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center]. “It became very clear that we had to identify a more precise way of measuring dust on snow.”

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