For drought-stricken Tanzania, rainfall was a boon. The rare rain soaked the countryside, bringing floods to the areas shown in this false-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image, captured on February 3, 2006. In contrast to January 27, turquoise-colored water has swollen rivers and streams and filled dry lake beds. The dry tan and pink land also acquired a pale green tint as plants began to grow after the rain. Despite the floods shown here, Tanzania was still being affected by severe drought in early February 2006.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.