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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
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Date: Wed, 31.03.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 31 March 2021
March 31, 2021 - Snow in Turkey

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A cold front brought a late-March snowstorm to Turkey, dropping heavy
snow on Istanbul and across much of the country on March 24, 2021.
According to local news media, snowfall in Istanbul was heavy enough to
cause traffic to grind to a halt in some places and caused accidents
from ice-covered roads—all in a month typically guaranteed to have warm
(or even hot) temperatures. Snow also fell in the capital city, Ankara,
where depth reached 30 cm (11.8 in). Avalanche warnings were issued in
parts of Anatolia.

On March 24, The Daily Sabah published a story online that stated,
“Snowfall in March is a stark contrast to the fact that Turkey has been
through the third warmest winter in the last five decades. Figures by
Anadolu Agency (AA) show that the average seasonal temperature, which
was usually 3.6 degrees Celsius (38.48 Fahrenheit), reached 6.2 degrees
Celsius this winter. Rize in the north had the highest temperature in
winter, at 27 degrees, while Ağrı broke the national record with the
lowest temperature at minus 34.5.”

On March 28, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
on board NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of Turkey
swathed in snow. Snow and cloud also cover the island of Cyprus and
patches of cloud sit over the Mediterranean Sea.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 3/28/2021
Resolutions: 1km (1.2 MB), 500m (3.4 MB), 250m (2.6 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC



https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/individual.php?db_date=2021-03-31

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