Monday, March 26, 2012

America's heatwave heatmap: Satellite captures spring that shattered over 1,000 records

Three months into the new year and North America has already experienced a historic heat wave with record-breaking temperatures depicted by a NASA satellite.

The bright red band on the map shows how a concentrated are of high pressure made temperatures soar compared to the same eight day period last year.

Imaging from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectradiometer depict the soaring temperatures concentrated in the Midwest, with a lighter red band in the New York area.

More than 1,054 records were broken between the 13-19 by the seemingly early-summer season that lasted just before the first day of spring on March 20.

'The intensity and scope of the heat wave is clearly visible in this map of land surface temperature anomalies,' NASA's Earth Observatory wrote with their map of the region.

It showcases a dramatically bruised Midwest, whose red pinpoints the highest land surface temperatures felt throughout the region. Read More