Satellite photo confirms an early spring

Our friend Bob Rose at the LCRA shared this satellite photo in his blog post Tuesday, and pointed out the features indicating an early spring blooming in Central Texas:

Here is a true color view of what Central and South Texas looked like just after local noon Tuesday, as seen by NASA’s Terra polar orbiting satellite, traveling 438 miles above Earth:

Image courtesy of Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) system operated by the NASA/GSFC/Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) with funding provided by NASA/HQ.

Tuesday’s totally clear sky allowed for an amazing view!  Take note of the greenish-color to the landscape, especially for areas to the east of Interstate 35.  This greenish color is the greening up of the landscape, thanks to the arrival of spring. All of the trees, grasses and vegetation are all contributing to the greenish color.  Tinges of green can even be seen to the west of the Interstate 35 where there is more rock, than vegetation.  All of this green color means spring is well under way.

Today’s satellite view shows many interesting features, including the large streets and highways which make up the larger cities.  Houston’s intricate road system is especially apparent as is the interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio.  Geographic features such as river valleys and lakes can be see across the Hill Country.

Source: Bob Rose/LCRA

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