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Lakes Near Alps in Europe – September 2nd, 2011

45.5N 10.6E

September 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Europe - August 22nd, 2011

Little snow is visible on the Alps in this late-summer image of Italy and parts of France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The Apennines, running down the backbone of the Italian peninsula, are also snow-free.

Several dark blue lakes can be seen near the Alps: Lake Geneva (left), on the French-Swiss border, Lake Garda (center), in northern Italy, and Lake Constance (top center), on the German-Austrian-Swiss border. Visible near the upper right corner is the bright green Lake Balaton, in Hungary.

Vegetation Index of Italy, Nations Near the Alps, and Mediterranean Isles – June 3rd, 2010

43.2N 12.0E

June 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on Italy, including its islands of Sicily (lower right corner) and Sardinia (bottom, center). Other visible islands include Corsica (north of Sardinia), belonging to France, and two of Spain’s Balearic Islands: Majorca and Minorca (lower left corner).

Situated beyond the northern slopes of the Alps are France (left), Switzerland (center) and Austria (right). The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow and appear white, while most of the image is green, indicating a good vegetation index. Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (red) are visible, particularly in France.

Lake Constance Bordering Switzerland, Germany and Austria

47.5N 9.4E

May 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Switzerland, Germany and Austria - April 28th, 2010

Switzerland, Germany and Austria - April 28th, 2010

Lake Constance, known as Bodensee in German, is a lake  near the Alps, bordering Switzerland, Germany, and Austria and occupying an old glacier basin at an elevation of 1,299 feet (396 m).

It has an area of 209 square miles (541 square km) and is about 40 miles (65 km) long and up to 8 miles (13 km) wide, with an average depth of 295 feet (90 m) and a maximum depth of 827 feet (252 m). It has about 125 miles (200 km) of shoreline.

Big Chill and Snowfall Over Europe – January 11th, 2010

51.4N 2.1W

January 11th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

UK and France - January 8th, 2010

UK and France - January 8th, 2010

Closeup of UK - January 8th, 2010

Closeup of UK

Europe has been experiencing unusually cold weather since late December. The current big chill is a result of high pressure over the polar region, which has pushed cold air out of the Arctic towards much of northern Europe, parts of Asia and the US. Winds from the north and north east, rather than the south and south west, have brought freezing temperatures to the UK. Provisional Met Office figures for December show temperatures for much of the UK were 1.5C and 2.5C below the mean temperatures for the last 30 years. Scotland saw temperatures dip still lower – from 2.5C to 3.5C. Last week, temperatures in Scotland plunged to -22.3C in places.

The icy weather gripping parts of Europe has disrupted flights at airports in the UK, France, the Irish Republic and the Netherlands. Many flights were delayed or cancelled at Orly airport in Paris, Dublin airport and Amsterdam-Schiphol, as well as major UK airports. The main image shows the snow-covered terrain of the United Kingdom, Ireland, northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The close-up focuses on the United Kingdom and Ireland. In southern England, some 4,000 people were left without electricity after snow brought down power lines. In the Irish Republic, all roads into Dublin are extremely icy and hundreds of Irish schools have closed, the Irish Times reports.

A Eurostar train was stuck for about two hours in the Channel Tunnel on Thursday. It later reached the UK. Four other Eurostar trains were cancelled, a company spokesman said. Last month the Eurostar service was suspended for three days after several trains broke down in the tunnel. Powdery snow getting into the engines was identified as the cause.

Many parts of Germany saw temperatures fall below -10C on Thursday, the Deutsche Welle news website reports. In Germany, at least nine homeless men aged from 42 to 62 froze to death. In the North Rhine-Westphalia region two derailments in as many days have caused havoc with the rail timetable, triggering cancellations and delays.

Icy roads have disrupted road freight deliveries to France’s Channel ports. Snow is blanketing a large swathe of France, reaching as far south as Bordeaux. Heavy snow caused big traffic jams around Amsterdam and Haarlem on Wednesday evening, Radio Netherlands reports. Few buses were running in the affected areas. In Austria, the authorities are on standby amid forecasts of heavy snow in the coming days in low-lying parts of the country. In Poland, the winter death toll has reached 122 – most of the victims reportedly homeless people. The cold snap is also affecting Scandinavian countries. In Hemavan, in the far north of Sweden, a new winter low of -40.8C (-41.4F) was recorded overnight, Radio Sweden reports.The Arctic freeze has also seen temperatures in central Sweden plummet to between -30 and -40C – the coldest weather since the mid-1980s. In Norway, temperatures plummeted to -40C in some areas. The capital Oslo ran a reduced bus service because engine oil had frozen.

Salzburg at the Foot of the Alps, Austria

47.8N 13.0E

January 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Salzburg, visible at the foot of the Alps in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image, is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps.

The mountains to Salzburg’s south contrast with the rolling plains to the north. The closest alpine peak– the 1972 m Untersberg– is only a few kilometers from the city center. The Altstadt, or “old town”, is surrounded by two smaller mountains, the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, which act as the “green” lungs of the city.

Visible to the west, across the German border is the Chiemsee, a freshwater lake in Bavaria between Rosenheim, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. It is often called the Bavarian Sea. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien flow into the lake, and the river Alz flows out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee, and the Inselsee, in the southwest.

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