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NWS Aberdeen - Image of the Day

The 250-meter "false color" image was taken from the MODIS satellite imager on July 17th.  Hopefully a few geographic features stand out - such as the Missouri River, glacial lakes region of South Dakota, City of Aberdeen, etc.

What are also interesting are the two areas of dull colors (brown/grey) amongst the green.  These features are "hail scars" from two recent severe weather events - June 21st and July 9th.  These swaths were produced by large, wind-driven hail which unfortunately damaged/destroyed the crops to the point where they are not as green as the surrounding healthy crops.

If you have comments/questions about this image - send them our way! 

More info about the MODIS imagery can be found here: