The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the Orbview-2 satellite, captured this view of a massive low pressure system approaching the northern California coast. High winds, heavy rain, and significant snows (elevations above 6000 feet) are expected today as this strong storm spins onshore.
Provided by the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
Acquired January 20, 2010, this true-color image shows an apostrophe-shaped storm, looking slightly like a hurricane without most of its center, over the California coast. Isolated areas of clear sky show the Central Valley and Baja Peninsula.