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Popcorn Clouds Over Florida, USA

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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.

Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor Estuary, in Florida, USA – April 26th, 2011

27.9N 82.4W

April 26th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

USA - April 15th, 2011

Greenish grey sediments color the waters of Tampa Bay (upper left quadrant), on the west coast of Florida, USA. Upon opening the full image, several long bridges can be seen as grey lines crossing the bay.

A second large indentation on the coast, the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, can be observed by the bottom center. It is filled with slighter lighter colored sediments. The cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers are located near its shores.


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.

Condensation Trails Above Florida, USA

April 12th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Condensation trails over Florida, USA - April 9th, 2009

Condensation trails over Florida, USA - April 9th, 2009

Large jets flying to and from Florida’s major cities create wide condensation trails over the state. The cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa are visible at the bottom center. Along the western coastline, north of these cities, sun glint off the Gulf of Mexico makes the shadows of two contrails visible on the water.

Many lakes and rivers can be seen. In particular, the brown waters of the St. Johns River is visible near the eastern coast at the top. The St Johns is north-flowing, which is somewhat unusual among U.S. rivers.

It is the longest river in the U.S. state of Florida, stretching 310 miles (500 km) from Indian River County to the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville in Duval County.

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 NiƱa-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.

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