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Ice Storm Across the South; Arctic Air for the Northeast

Significant ice and sleet accumulations will continue to have impacts across portions of the South and Southeast through Thursday. For locations across the Deep South and Southeast, the threat of heavy rainfall increases as the storm tracks across the region. Meanwhile, the arctic boundary will track south and east with bitterly cold temperatures from the Plains to the Northeast by this weekend. Read More >




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  • Band 2: Red Band  - The classic visible satellite channel.
  • Band 3: Veggie (Near IR) - Burn scar detection.
  • Band 7: (Shortwave IR) - Sensitive to extreme temperatures and is useful in hot spot detection (if there are not cloud or canopy obstructions).
  • Band 13: Clean Longwave IR - Traditional infrared satellite data useful in determining cloud-top temperatures.
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