In late April, 2014, a severe weather system descended on the U.S. Central Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms and tornados. Among the hardest hit areas were the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Sixteen people were killed and 400 to 500 homes were destroyed.
A few days later, NASA’s Aqua satellite saw clear evidence of the damage in the form of a brown trail – what scientists call a tornado track – across the otherwise green landscape in Mayflower. NASA’s Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this iamage on May 2.