Satellite sees giant 'fog ring' in U.S. Southwest

Oct 08, 2012 by Rob Gutro
Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

(Phys.org)—When you think of fog, you think of a blanket, but NOAA's GOES-14 satellite saw a ring of fog over the southwestern U.S. on Oct. 4.

Fog is water that has condensed close to ground level, producing a cloud of very small droplets that reduces visibility to less than one kilometer (three thousand and three hundred feet), according to the .

The (GOES-14) captured an image of a giant circle of fog near the Texas Panhandle on Oct. 4 at 1430 UTC (9:30 a.m. CDT). "Morning fog surrounded the great mesa in northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico known as the ' "Llano Estacado," which is one of the largest mesas on the North American continent, and about the size of Indiana," said Dennis Chesters of the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

GOES is operated by the . The image was created by NASA's GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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VendicarD
not rated yet Oct 08, 2012
Another sign of the end times.

God has circled the place where Apophis will strike and mark the beginning of Tribulation.

Repent! Sinners!

Birger
not rated yet Oct 09, 2012
Aphopis? Naah. It is just another case of Texans wanting to upstage everyone. "Look, we have the world's biggest smoke ring!"
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Oct 09, 2012
SW? West Texas? Someone needs a geography lesson.