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December 08, 2003 - (date of web publication)

First Snowfall of the Season

first snow in Maryland


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First snowfall of the season in the East

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite took these images of snowfall in Maryland on December 7, 2003.

The top, true-color image shows most of the state covered from the weekend's first storms of the season. The bottom scene combines the satellite sensor's observations in the infrared and near-infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum with observations in the visible (the part our eyes can see) to better separate clouds from snow. Snow appears red, snow-free ground appears green, clouds appear peach/white, and water is black. Credit: NASA/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

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