For most of us, viewing the beauty of fall is as easy as stepping outside, but have you ever wondered what those fall colors look like from space?
“In today’s technological era, we are not only able to look out the back door and to view the changing colors,” says Sean Poulos, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
According to Poulos, we can see those “changing colors” from space.
“Back in 1999, and instrument called MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer was launched into orbit by NASA’s Terra Satellite,” said Poulos.
MODIS allows us to capture color images of earth’s landscape. A picture taken of the northern Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania shows the forests going from green to vivid orange within a span of just five days.
“You’ll be able to actually see the orange and the brown colors as they progress from north to south across North America from day to day,” said Poulos.
So would you prefer watching this change from your backyard or from space? Either way, it’s an amazing science experiment we all enjoy each fall.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Jason Lindsey