Impact of Monday’s storms visible from space
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The damage caused by Monday’s derecho is actually visible from space, using NASA satellites to image the agricultural and electrical impact.
Imagery from NASA’s MODIS satellites shows scars on the landscape of Iowa’s cropland. A comparison of images with relatively clear skies, on July 24 and August 11 below, shows the change in color of Iowa’s otherwise typical green land cover. These changes line up with where the storms tracked through the center of the state.
Another view of the storm’s impact is seen using the VIIRS nighttime imagery, which usually shows bright city lights along with clouds, particularly when the moon is bright. It showed a distinct darkening for cities along the derecho’s path on an otherwise mostly clear night. The comparison below is on the same dates: July 24 and August 11.
Imagery was gathered using the NASA Worldview website, which you can view for yourself here.
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