January 29, 2010 - Low Clouds Along the Himalayas

Low Clouds Along the Himalayas

A thick bank of low clouds covered the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. Some gray haze around the clouds is also visible. A few red dots at the bottom of the image mark the location of active fires. This image was captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on January 21, 2010.

Heavy haze frequently collects in this region due to a few factors. Agricultural fires and increased fuel burning for warmth during the colder weather increase the amount of pollutants. In addition, cool air from the Himalaya sinks over the south side of the mountain range, trapping aerosols—tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in air. During times when there are few monsoon wind, the haze can sit instead of being pushed out of the area.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 01/21/2010
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC