A thick layer of newly-fallen snow shone brightly across south-central Alaska on November 14, 2023, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this true-color image. Sunlight reflecting off the snow appears intensely white—much whiter than the clouds crossing the scene. Mountainous terrain creates blue-tinted shadows on the brilliant white snow. Cloud hangs over the Cook Inlet as well at the city of Anchorage, which is located at the head of Cook Inlet.
South-central Alaska has seen several bouts of heavy snowfall. One storm delivered a walloping 18 inches (46 cm) to Anchorage between November 8-9. On November 14, a National Weather Service meteorologist advised reporters that Anchorage had received a total of 37.9 inches (96.3 cm) this month alone, coming close to the city’s all-time record for total snow during the month of November, which is 38.8 inches (98.6 cm). A squall dropped more snow on November 17, bringing the total snow accumulation to 39.1 inches (99.3 cm), enough to beat the previous record, which was set in 1994.