Heavy Snow in Korea
acquired January 3, 2010 download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 3400x4600)

The same wintry weather that caused the heaviest snowfall in Beijing in nearly six decades also caused the heaviest snowfall in Soul (Seoul) since meteorological surveys began there in 1937. A blizzard dropped more than 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) of snow on that city on January 3, 2010.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on January 3, 2010. Snow cover thins toward the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, and actually appears relatively light in South Korea compared to parts of North Korea and China. This may be because of more forested terrain in South Korea.

Cloud streets—clouds that look as if they have comb marks—appear over the Sea of Japan (East Sea). They are similar to the cloud streets that formed over the snow-rimmed Bo Hai on January 4, 2010.

  1. References

  2. Branigan, T., Jones, S. (2010, January 4.) It’s not just Britain shivering as record snow hits China and South Korea. The Guardian. Accessed January 5, 2010.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

Instrument(s): 
Terra - MODIS

Heavy Snow in Korea

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