How Does a Mid-Latitude Low Develop into a Storm System?
ES2003  Satellite Images of the Storm of the Century

The GOES 7 weather satellite captured the following color-enhanced infrared images of the March 1993 storm. Increasing cloud density and cooler temperatures are indicated as the colors change from yellow, to red, to purple, to blue, to white. Think about what is happening on the surface and how surface weather maps of the region would change over the same time period.

  !   Click the image to see the animation. Use the controls to step through the animation so you can observe the development, movement, and dissipation of the storm system.

Satellite images—Department of Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3. What additional information would be helpful in determining the center of the low-pressure system?


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