Visible Satellite Image at Night

September 25th, 2013 at 3:07 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

satellite image visible at night   On TV and online you can find both visible (daytime) satellite pictures and infrared (nighttime) satellite pictures.   Check out this picture visible satellite image taken at 2 AM last Sunday, when the full Harvest Moon was high in the sky (here it is full screen).   This is from the Suomi NPP Polar Orbiting satellite.  It is light-sensitive enough to take a picture at night in the full moon.  Note the cities where there is a lot of non-natural light.  You can pick out Grand Rapids, Chicago, Minneapolis – and even smaller towns like Grand Haven, Allegan and Sturgis.  You can see fog in the lower Wisconsin and nearby Mississippi River Valleys.  You’ve got to see the entire story at the Milwaukee NWS website and see the comparison of nighttime infrared and night/visible pictures.  Note how much better you can see where the low clouds are on the visible picture.  Don’t I wish I had this clear satellite view every night in real time, especially in winter when the nights are longer and when it’s very difficult to see where the clouds are because the low-cloud and ground temperatures are similar in the cold season.  Thanks to the Milwaukee NWS for posting this…interesting.

14 Responses to “Visible Satellite Image at Night”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Really neat pic. You can even make out highways as dotted lines.

    1. Brad says:

      And Bill’s ego is covering most of the NW LP.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        And Nobel Prize winners are speaking out on “global warming”:

        Quote by Nobel Prize Winner For Physics, Ivar Giaever: “I am a skeptic. Global warming has become a new religion.”

        Quote by Nobel Prize Winner For Chemistry, Kary Mullis: “Global warmers predict that global warming is coming, and our emissions are to blame. They do that to keep us worried about our role in the whole thing. If we aren’t worried and guilty, we might not pay their salaries. It’s that simple.

        1. Brad says:

          I can’t wait to read their climate papers!

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          Quote by Will Harper, Princeton University physicist, former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy: “I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism….I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect….Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science. The earth’s climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past.”

        3. Brad says:

          Pointless survey of people who do not study climate.

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          Which is a good reason not to listen to you…you have not a shred of background in weather/climate.

          You can be as closed-minded as you like, Brad, but people see through that.

          The truth is that global temperatures have been flat since 2002, CO2 emissions in the U.S. are falling and are at a 21-year low, both icecaps are growing, the PDO is in cold phase, both the tornado and hurricane counts are at near record annual lows in 2013, we’ve had the fewest number of wildfires and the 2nd fewest number of acres burned in 2013 than in any of the last 10 years.

        5. Brad says:

          Closed-minded? Coming from a passionate, fervent Right-winger who believes every component of The Cause?

        6. Bill Steffen says:

          How interesting that you mentioned “The Cause”. If you read the Climategate emails, that’s what the small group of climate profiteers called their work…at the time when they were using “Mike’s TRICK to HIDE the declinie…and when they were conspiring to avoid Freedom of Information laws.

  2. Kimoeagle says:

    @Brad. Brilliant. You’ve responded to FACTS with empty political sayings that are meaningless. What you’ve written is drivel. If you have something to say – about global warming or the lack thereof – do not demean your intelligence and mine with hackneyed verbal garbage.

    1. Brad says:

      Facts? A quote and a meaningless poll? Get back to me when you call out the boorish behavior of people you find yourself agreeing with (Paul, INDY, and Rocky come to mind).

  3. Kimoeagle says:

    I like that Suomi satellite picture, Bill. One can spot even s-m-a-l-l towns!

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