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Satellite imagery from weekend shows Nature's fury

Satellite imagery from weekend shows Nature's fury
This satellite image provided by NASA and acquired Sunday May 22, 2011 shows the plume of dense ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland as it casts a shadow to the west.

Two major atmospheric events occurred over the weekend -- the massive tornado that swept through Missouri and a large volcano eruption in Iceland. And NASA's satellites were ready to capture photographs of each event.

The top image shows the plume of dense ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland as it casts a shadow to the west. The plume from the volcano was bearing down on Scotland and set to disrupt flights there as early as Monday night.

Here is another photo:



Over in Missouri, it was a massive super-cell thunderstorm that formed and created the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. Here is a NOAA weather satellite animation of the event:



It's eerily reminiscent of the tornado outbreak that struck the Southeast in April. In fact, I stumbled upon this satellite image where you can see the actual tornado paths of destruction on the ground in northwestern Alabama:


 
Makes our own satellite image from today seem quite tranquil, which is another reminder that gray and rain may be a downer to some, it's certainly not dangerous.