S_CAL islands MODIS
Feb 15, 2012Public
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Photo: at this 170 threshold (0=black, 255=white) we see the sand dunes in Imperial Valley and even more so south of Yuma.  Many salt flats evident in Mojave desert.
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Photo: this is June-August mean cloudiness, note less cloudiness "behind" islands
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Photo: 1030 AM local time mean
Photo: 130PM local time mean cloudiness - note less clouds over higher parts of islands
Photo: San Clemente - I visited here with a botanist in 1972; south side was noticeably drier - couldn't figure out why.  Well, the next slide clearly shows it.
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Photo: dramatic cloudiness gradients on these islands...