Date: Tue, 11.05.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 11 May 2021
On May 8, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) acquired a true-color image of ice across Lake Winnipeg, Lake
Winnipegosis, and most of Manitoba’s northern lakes. Manitoba, a
province with about 100,000 lakes, is found in central Canada.
Lake Winnipeg claims the title of the tenth-largest freshwater lake in
the world, stretching over a total area of about 9,420 square miles
(24,400 sq km). Measuring 133 miles (214 km) long, the lake is
separated into two basins—a large northern basin reaching 62 miles (100
km) wide and a smaller southern side that is only 25 miles (40 km)
wide. The two basins are connected by a 1.5 mile- (2.5 km)-wide channel
which is called, appropriately, “The Narrows”.
Each winter, frigid temperatures across Manitoba ensure a thick layer
of ice forms across the myriad of lakes, including Lakes Winnipeg
(east) and Winnipegosis (west). As warm temperatures return, thawing
begins in the south of the province and moves northward. The two large
lakes are typically ice-free in early June.
Date Acquired: 5/8/2021
Resolutions: 1km (466.1 KB), 500m (1.1 MB), 250m (752.9 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
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