|A combination of Visible and IR data of the EF-4 tornado track through Alabama. Vegetation appears as pink, while teal shows the absence of Vegetation. The giant swath going from lower left to upper right was the EF-4 tornado.|
Why would they be interested in doing this? Well, it turns out that insurance companies use the National Weather Service data to determine whether or not someone has been effected by severe weather. If you are in a remote area, where there may not be a lot of weather stations, your claim may not be accepted as part of the damage from a given storm. (Or, that is the story I have been told. Someone out there is free to comment and clear up any misunderstanding I may have). So, next time you might be tempted to think what has NASA, or for that matter Earth science, done to help regular folks, you can think of this story.
Read more about this story here: Unique Space Image of Alabama Tornado Tracks