A winter weather front passed through New Mexico on December 9, 2012, dropping heavy snow, causing accidents, and closing roads. Local ski resorts welcomed the snow, Albuquerque news station KRQE said. Prior to the storm, dry conditions had prompted some ski resort managers to consider allowing mountain biking on ski trails.
The snow faded quickly in lower elevations, as these natural-color images from December 10 show. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the top image in the morning, and MODIS on the Aqua satellite captured the bottom image in the afternoon. In the three hours and 15 minutes between the image acquisitions, snow retreated most obviously in the southeast. But reduced snow cover occurred on either side of the mountainous “spine” extending north-south through southern Colorado and New Mexico.
Clouds extend across the top edges of both high-resolution images.
For the first time since 1918, snow fell in Buenos Aires, Argentina, late on July 9, 2007. The snow was still there the next morning when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flew over on NASA’s Terra satellite at 10:55 a.m. local time.