NASA Satellite Movie Shows Great Plains Tornado Outbreak from Space

Posted on April 20, 2012

April 2012 NOAA Great Plains Tornado Outbreak


NASA has released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak. There were more than 135 reports of tornadoes and 124 different warnings during the outbreak from April 14-15, 2012. Data from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite was used to create the animation.

The outbreak was predicted by meteorologists days in advance. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center Days had sent out an alert to more five states to be on guard for developing "extremely dangerous" or "catastrophic" weather conditions.

Dennis Chesters of NASA's GOES Project says, "The animation runs through the period of April 14-15, 2012 and the GOES imagery reveals the strong flow of warm, moist air from the Gulf into the advancing cold front."

Take a look:



Photo: NASA/NOAA GOES Project