The animation below shows the massive tornado outbreak in the U.S. Great Plains on April 14-15, 2012 – the way it looked from space.
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The 30-second movie, created using satellite data, runs from Saturday night, April 14 to Sunday morning, April 15, 2012. It shows the strong flow of warm, moist air from the Gulf moving into the advancing cold front. You can see the destructive outbreak half way through, when the long streak of clouds springs into view in the middle of the frame.
The animation was created using data from the GOES-13 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) satellite, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA/NOAA’s GOES Project at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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Bottom line: A 30-second animation, created using satellite data, shows the massive tornado outbreak in the U.S. Great Plains on April 14-15, 2012 – the way it looked from space.
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