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Popcorn Clouds Over Florida, USA

27.9N 82.4W

April 7th, 2013 Category: Clouds

USA – April 6th, 2013

Popcorn clouds speckle the skies over much of the state of Florida, USA. Visible through the clouds are bodies of water, such as Lake Okeechobee (below) and cities such as Tampa and St Petersburg (west coast) and Miami (southeast coast). This is due to the fact that popcorn clouds tend to appear only above vegetated areas, since they are formed by water vapor released by plants that rises and eventually condenses into clouds.

St. Petersburg Between Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga, Russia

60.0N 30.1E

December 18th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Estonia - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Gulf of Finland (left) and Lake Ladoga (right). Visible between the two bodies of water, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, is St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Gulf of Finland is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea. It extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. Other major cities around the gulf include Helsinki and Tallinn (visible at the left edge).

Lake Ladoga is a freshwater lake located in the Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, not far from Saint Petersburg. It is the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world.

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge off Coast of Florida, USA – March 22nd, 2011

28.6N 82.5W

March 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

USA - March 21st, 2011

Many of the green sediments and algae seeping out of the west coast of Florida in this image are situated in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. The 30,843 acre (125 km²) refuge is located about seventy miles (100 km) north of St. Petersburg (visible in the full image).

The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of portions of the Chassahowitzka River and Crystal River, as well as what are known as the Tampa Bay Refuges: Egmont Key, Passage Key and Pinellas.


Lakes, Bays and Cities of the Florida Peninsula, USA – January 26th, 2010

January 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

Lake Okeechobee and Miami

Lake Okeechobee and Miami



Sediments line the coast of Florida in the southern United States of America, giving the peninsula a greenish frame. These are particularly evident on the west side of the tip of the peninsula, between the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

The first close-up focuses on Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake wholly within the continental United States, and the city of Miami, appearing as a grey area along the east coast.

The second shows two large bays by the west coast: Tampa Bay (above), by the citiess of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the Charlotte Harbor Estuary (below), by the cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.

Fires North of Tampa Bay Area, Florida

March 20th, 2009 Category: Fires

Florida, USA - March 18th, 2009

Florida, USA - March 18th, 2009

Two fires are blazing in northwestern Florida, in the upper lefthand quadrant of this image. This western part of the Florida Peninsula has been experiencing long term drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

These drought conditions, reported the Florida Division of Forestry, are expected to worsen as a La Niña-like pattern continues to dominate the weather and will tend to bring below average rainfall to the state and above average temperatures.

Periodic freeze events will act to increase fuel loading in already dry areas and increase the fire danger through the spring months.

Therefore, there will be a high potential for an active wildfire season this spring.

Moving southward from the fires, towards the center, dark brown and green sediments pour into the Gulf of Mexico from rivers along the coast. The concentration of sediments is particularly intense near the mouth of the Crystal River, where the five power generation plants of the Crystal River Energy Complex are located.

Continuing further south, the Tampa Bay Area, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, is in view. In the full image, four bridges can be seen crossing the bay.