Friday, May 16, 2014

Northern Caspian Satelite Images in Winter

As the northern hemisphere winter begins and temperatures drop, ice begins to form around the northern shores of the Caspian Sea. The northern section of the sea is the part most prone to freezing, with ice starting to form around November. Dust storms activity can be seen by the plumes over the Northern Caspian Sea and Lake Sarygamysh.
  
Credit - MODIS/Aqua


Another interesting phenomenon are the cloud streets - lines of relatively low level cumulus clouds that form due to temperature inversions (cold air over warmer eater) during the winter months.


























Credit: Could Streets over the Caspian Redorbit

During severe winters the whole northern part of the Caspian becomes ice bound. Interestingly the   salt lake (on the right hand side of the satellite image)  does not turn to ice due to the high salinity levels.

Credit: Northern Caspian in winter - Redorbit