Tornadoes Sweep across Midwest and Appalachians

on March 5, 2012 9:11 AM EST

Tornadoes Sweep across Midwest and Appalachians
This animation is a combination of thermal infrared (heat) and visible imagery from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-East (GOES-East), and a color map from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The animation begins at 12:01 a.m. EST (0501 UTC) March 2 , and continues until 12:01 EST (0501 UTC) March 3. (Photo: NASA)

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest and Appalachians on March 2, 2012. According to CNN, at least 36 people were killed, with the majority of the victims in Indiana and Kentucky. On the Weather Underground blog, meterologist Jeff Masters described the outbreak as a result of warm, wet air from the Gulf of Mexico mixing with cold, dry air aloft.

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This animation is a combination of thermal infrared (heat) and visible imagery from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-East (GOES-East), and a color map from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The animation begins at 12:01 a.m. EST (0501 UTC) March 2 , and continues until 12:01 EST (0501 UTC) March 3.

Source: NASA

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