Feb 05, 2016
January 2016 Blizzard Creates Turbid Conidtions Along the Atlantic Coast:
As rainwater washes off the land into coastal waters, it often transports sediments and can stir up bottom sediments on the coast. This process can create murky conditions knows as “turbidity,” which can be measured by the VIIRS sensor on the Suomi NPP VIIRS satellite. This set of images shows how the Blizzard of January 2016 affected the turbidity of East Coast waters. The image on the left was captured before the storm (January 11), the middle image shows the day after the storm passed over the East Coast (January 24), and the image on the right is the following week (February 2). The darker beige/brown colors indicate more turbid water conditions. As the storm passed through the south, heavy rain brought sediment to the Gulf coast and high winds churned bottom sediments. In the Mid-Atlantic, the high turbidity is a combination of snow-fall on the water and high easterly winds that churned shelf waters bringing sediment to the surface from the bottom.
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