25 July 2016

This is Why Satellite Pictures Look This Way

Posted by Dan Satterfield

From Himawari 8.

From Himawari 8. Click for MUCH bigger image.

..and then there are these images, all from today Sunday 24 July 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 8.19.59 PM

This image is near Antarctica, from the Terra Satellite.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 8.15.06 PM

Himawari 8 Weather Satellite (Japan)

It looks this way because of two main facts.
1. The Equator is hot, and the Poles are cold.
2. The Earth is rotating.

Now, watch the video and understand (I still remember seeing this demonstration as a first year undergrad in meteorology.)