Australian weather: Onshore winds put wispy white clouds over colorful desert.

Weird Weather Over Australia Makes for a Lovely Picture From Space

Weird Weather Over Australia Makes for a Lovely Picture From Space

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Aug. 13 2013 11:00 AM

Australian Weather Forecast: Desert, With a Chance of White Wispy Beautiful Clouds

So I’m looking to see what weather I can expect when I go to Australia, and as if they were reading my mind (what kind of advanced tech is NASA working on, anyway?), I find NASA has posted a really beautiful image of wispy white clouds over Australia’s polychromatic desert region:

clouds over Australia
That's not a cloud. THIS is a cloud. Click to hugely embiggen, and you want to.

Photo by NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

That image was taken by NASA’s Terra satellite, an Earth-observing bird that investigates the interaction between the air, land, sea, and energy on our fair planet. On July 22, it was over central Oz where a low-pressure system was creating an onshore wind that carried moisture over the colorful desert. The contrast is striking, accentuated by the sharp edge of the system.

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Right now in Boulder, Colo., we’ve had pretty high temperatures, though not quite as blistering as last year near my house. Still, when I go outside and bake, it’s odd to think that Australia is in the middle of winter right now. Living on a spherical planet tiltedly spinning around a star is just a weird way to spend time.