Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis

MODIS Terra and Aqua Satellites

Data for these images is collected from the Terra and Aqua satellite missions. Their goal is to collect information about the Earth's water cycle. In addition, variables such as vegetation cover on the land, phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans is being measured.

Aqua was launched on May 4, 2002 and has six Earth-observing instruments on board: AIRS, AMSU, CERES, MODIS and AMSR-E. The MODIS sensor provides the information used for these satellite images. The Aqua mission crosses the equator in the afternoon.

Click to view the NASA Aqua homepage.

In December 1999, NASA launched the Terra satellite as the flagship mission of the Earth Observing System (EOS).

Terra carries five instruments that observe Earth's atmosphere, ocean, land, snow and ice, and energy budget. Taken together, these observations provide unique insight into how the Earth system works and how it is changing. Terra observations reveal humanity's impact on the planet and provide crucial data about natural hazards like fire and volcanoes. See Terra science.

Click to view the NASA Terra homepage.

All images past May 23, 2014 are produced by C-Core and can be found by clicking the button below.

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MODIS, Aqua satellite image, May 23, 2014 May 23, 2014.

Ice has moved off most of Lake Manitoba. Lake Winnipegosis mostly obscured by clouds but looks mainly iced off. North Basin of Lake Winnipeg mainly obscured by clouds, north end and west side that we can see still covered with breaking ice. South Basin into the narrows and up to Commissioner Island appear ice free. The plume of sediment still appears to be present.




MODIS, Aqua satellite image, May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014.

Ice has moved off most of Lake Manitoba. Lake Winnipegosis mostly obscured by clouds but looks mainly iced off. North Basin of Lake Winnipeg mainly obscured by clouds, north end and west side that we can see still covered with breaking ice. South Basin into the narrows and south-west end of the north basin appear ice free. Along the south end of Lake Winnipeg, a plume of turbid water from the Red River has flowed up along the east shore and out past Elk Island. Clearer Winnipeg River water is moving up the west side of Traverse Bay and pushing into the Red River plume just north of Elk Island.




MODIS, Aqua satellite image, May 18, 2014 May 18, 2014.

Ice has moved off most of Lake Manitoba, and in patches all around Lake Winnipegosis. Rotten ice along Lake Winnipeg South Basin into the narrows and south-west end of the north basin.




MODIS, Aqua satellite image, May 15, 2014 May 15, 2014.

Ice has moved off Lake Manitoba north end tip, up into Lake Winnipegosis as well as in small portions of the west side of Lake Winnipeg South Basin Note the breaking ice throughout the south basin.






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