Today's satellite imagery is stunning... a wide plume of moisture stretching across the entire Pacific Ocean and headed for the Pacific Northwest. Let me show you.
First, a visible satellite image --what you would see from space--showing a continuous band of clouds, 1000 miles wide, stretching from the western Pacific to just off our coast. Scary.
Next, an infrared image, which shows the temperature of the clouds (or surface), with white indicating high/cold clouds. Similar thing.
Or an image from the water vapor channel, showing the emission of radiation from water vapor. Even more impressive, with clear evidence that some of the water vapor plume has reached our coast.
We can also measure wave vapor using the microwave part of the spectrum, and here is a global viewpoint from that wavelength. The moisture plume (at midnight Sunday/Monday) can be traced all the way back to the northern Philippines, 6600 miles away! Moisture from the subtropics and tropics is coming to us!
The complaints about this winter's clouds and rain have been deafening; perhaps it was contribute to large migration back to California and relieve the housing situation in the Puget Sound region. I was wondering why traffic has been greater southbound on I5...perhaps our weather is coming to our rescue, sending the high-tech hordes back to the sun-drenched Bay area.
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