Explaining Cloud Streets over the Western Atlantic Ocean (credit: GOES-16 via College of Dupage)
DISCUSSION: As we continue to get deeper into the heart of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemispheric Winter season, we are continuing to see various atmospheric phenomena on finer spatial scales than has ever been observed in recorded history. This ability to visualize such fine-detail various global atmospheric phenomena is due to the relatively newer onset of the GOES-16 satellite imaging platform which was officially launched back in late November 2016. Needless to say that this was a dramatic turning point for the atmospheric science forecasting and research worlds alike through opening a new world into understanding the inner-workings of atmospheric flow regimes and dynamics therein.
One such example of a finer-scale atmospheric phenomenon which has effectively been revolutionized in terms of our ability to study it is the occurrence of Winter-time cloud streets. As circled in the upper-most image attached above, the brief animated infrared satellite imagery loop attached in the file above, and discussed in the brief video briefing also attached above, cloud streets are quite common during the Winter-time months. This is chiefly due to the fact that cloud streets form over open ocean basins just offshore from larger land-masses in the same manner that lake-effect clouds and lake-effect snow bands form off of relatively warmer lakes located all over the world. Hence, this is how countries such as Taiwan and Japan experience ocean-effect snowfall during the Winter-time months as well via the mechanics of ocean-effect snow which is predominantly driven by the occurrence of more intense cloud streets. To learn more about cloud streets, feel free to watch the brief video briefing attached above.
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