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(Slate)   You know it was a bad tornado when you can see the path of destruction FROM SPACE   (slate.com) divider line 42
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2013-06-09 01:27:19 PM  
ummm.. I cant see it
 
2013-06-09 01:52:11 PM  
Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.
 
2013-06-09 02:46:37 PM  
It's much more impressive in person.

/especially immediately after
 
2013-06-09 03:07:26 PM  
i see a sailboat
 
2013-06-09 03:32:51 PM  
God hates red states.
 
2013-06-09 03:56:05 PM  

Godscrack: God hates red states.


In this case, red because this false color composite has the infrared band in red and vegetation reflects infrared much more efficiently than other land covers.

/remote sensing thread?
//when was the image acquired? Because Terra (and sister satellite Aqua) scans the whole planet's surface every day...
 
2013-06-09 04:01:57 PM  

kvinesknows: ummm.. I cant see it


Neither can I, and I tried with the bigger picture.  Is there supposed to be a color pattern we're noticing.

/It's not a sailboat.
//It's a schooner.
 
2013-06-09 04:09:11 PM  
For those that can't see it:

The image in the article is a cropped section of the larger image it links to. This can be confusing if you're trying to look at both. In the cropped picture with the article it is a horizontal line right in the center, slightly lower on the left than on the right. On the full image it is near the center line, about a quarter of the way from the bottom. You can still make out outlines of roads, but the red coloring is missing leaving a light brown color.
 
2013-06-09 04:11:14 PM  

Paris1127: In this case, red because this false color composite has the infrared band in red and vegetation reflects infrared much more efficiently than other land covers.


Thanks goodness. Now I wont lose any sleep about it.
 
2013-06-09 05:11:05 PM  
We can see everything from space. We can even see gravity from space, and gravity is invisible.
 
2013-06-09 05:28:11 PM  
Those who can't see it might have some color blindness.
 
2013-06-09 05:28:39 PM  

TheOmni: For those that can't see it:

The image in the article is a cropped section of the larger image it links to. This can be confusing if you're trying to look at both. In the cropped picture with the article it is a horizontal line right in the center, slightly lower on the left than on the right. On the full image it is near the center line, about a quarter of the way from the bottom. You can still make out outlines of roads, but the red coloring is missing leaving a light brown color.


Thanks.  Why he couldn't just point out it was the "brown line" is beyond me.
 
2013-06-09 05:37:57 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.


Pretty sure those are aerial photos.
 
2013-06-09 05:39:30 PM  
... Meh.
 
2013-06-09 05:41:42 PM  
With modern optics you can see the one row I mowed in my lawn before it rained.  It's not indicative of some massive swath destruction I hath wrought upon my yard, but rather that modern optics are fantastic.
 
2013-06-09 05:48:15 PM  

Charlie Freak: TuteTibiImperes: Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.

Pretty sure those are aerial photos.


The Geoeye 1 satellite (which Google uses) is capable of half meter resolution, which is enough to zoom in on a house and see things like cars, trees, landscape features, etc.

Well, actually, it's capable of .41 meter resolution, and the upcoming Geoeye 2 is capable of .34 meter resolution, but due to government regulations anything more detailed than half meter is off limits for non-governmental use.
 
2013-06-09 05:59:27 PM  

RickN99: With modern optics you can see the one row I mowed in my lawn before it rained.  It's not indicative of some massive swath destruction I hath wrought upon my yard, but rather that modern optics are fantastic.


As I was going to say, all you need is a bloody good camera...
 
2013-06-09 06:32:50 PM  
Since it took me a while to find: I think that's the path the small image is showing:


full size is linked
 
2013-06-09 06:35:02 PM  
With false color added for visibility.
 
2013-06-09 06:37:30 PM  
Lets see if the broken Fark filter craps out again between preview and post:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-09 07:02:16 PM  

The Voice of Doom: Lets see if the broken Fark filter craps out again between preview and post:

[i.imgur.com image 850x850]


I would've thought NASA would draw an outline of the path on top of the image. Landsat imagery of the path, which would have a higher resolution, should be interesting as well.

Godscrack: Paris1127: In this case, red because this false color composite has the infrared band in red and vegetation reflects infrared much more efficiently than other land covers.

Thanks goodness. Now I wont lose any sleep about it.


Well I'm happy t---hey wait a minute!
 
2013-06-09 07:30:20 PM  
ahhh.. i guess.. thanks doom
 
2013-06-09 07:55:34 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Charlie Freak: TuteTibiImperes: Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.

Pretty sure those are aerial photos.

The Geoeye 1 satellite (which Google uses) is capable of half meter resolution, which is enough to zoom in on a house and see things like cars, trees, landscape features, etc.

Well, actually, it's capable of .41 meter resolution, and the upcoming Geoeye 2 is capable of .34 meter resolution, but due to government regulations anything more detailed than half meter is off limits for non-governmental use.


The government spy satellites can tell you if you have a mole you should get checked.
 
2013-06-09 08:01:57 PM  
My house, I can see it.  It is in the lower right near Andrews Park.
 
2013-06-09 09:12:46 PM  

doglover: We can see everything from space. We can even see gravity from space, and gravity is invisible.


Nuhuh, you can't see my room from space.

/my basement
 
2013-06-09 09:30:54 PM  
With those giant green arrows, it's almost like the tornado knew what path to take.
 
2013-06-09 09:34:01 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.


With Google Maps, I can see individual people milling about at Disney World.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.

As usual, Slate sucks.
 
2013-06-10 01:19:44 AM  

The Voice of Doom: Lets see if the broken Fark filter craps out again between preview and post:

[i.imgur.com image 850x850]


That also does a great job of showing how limited in scope even the worst of the tornadoes is.  A disaster sure, but nothing like what most people imagine.
 
2013-06-10 01:39:45 AM  

Mentat: That also does a great job of showing how limited in scope even the worst of the tornadoes is. A disaster sure, but nothing like what most people imagine.


The entire image is covered in human blight. As someone who spends time staring at aerial photos professionally I am amused by people who worry about landfills or litter. The scale pales in comparison to the human impact of roads and agriculture. We could do better, people. Rail, flying machines, deep-rock tunnels? But jesus, no, we've gotta hack up the forests and cover the ground in paths made of the nastiest sludge we can dig up and burn more of it to move around on them.
 
2013-06-10 01:45:24 AM  
Well, I'll be darned ... it really IS a red state.
 
2013-06-10 04:01:40 AM  

JonBuck: Those who can't see it might have some color blindness.


this.

If you go to google maps, click satellite and search for Joplin Missouri, you can still see the path of the tornado. Blocks and blocks of empty dirt lots.
 
2013-06-10 04:21:20 AM  

Theory Of Null: JonBuck: Those who can't see it might have some color blindness.

this.

If you go to google maps, click satellite and search for Joplin Missouri, you can still see the path of the tornado. Blocks and blocks of empty dirt lots.


Looking at satellite images in the right places...You can still see some of the damage from the May '99 Tornado that hit Moore.
 
2013-06-10 04:21:56 AM  
Or...More accurately...Empty places in neighborhoods where nobody bothered to rebuild.
 
2013-06-10 04:42:57 AM  

nukeim: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7789231/84716059#c84716059" target="_blank">Theory Of Null</a>:</b> <i>JonBuck: Those who can't see it might have some color blindness.

this.

If you go to google maps, click satellite and search for Joplin Missouri, you can still see the path of the tornado. Blocks and blocks of empty dirt lots.</i>

Looking at satellite images in the right places...You can still see some of the damage from the May '99 Tornado that hit Moore.


You're right, the empty lots and shiny new roofs really stand out if you zoom half way in.
 
2013-06-10 06:55:17 AM  

Mentat: That also does a great job of showing how limited in scope even the worst of the tornadoes is.  A disaster sure, but nothing like what most people imagine.


And do you have any sense of what "most people" imagine? This is pretty much in line with what I imagined a tornado to be, except much thicker.
 
2013-06-10 07:23:36 AM  

The Voice of Doom: Lets see if the broken Fark filter craps out again between preview and post:

[i.imgur.com image 850x850]


Thanks TVOD! You are now better than a professional editor!
 
2013-06-10 07:32:08 AM  

jack21221: Mentat: That also does a great job of showing how limited in scope even the worst of the tornadoes is.  A disaster sure, but nothing like what most people imagine.

And do you have any sense of what "most people" imagine? This is pretty much in line with what I imagined a tornado to be, except much thicker.


I imagine houses, intact, spinning round and round.

/also, women riding brooms.
 
2013-06-10 10:45:12 AM  

jack21221: Mentat: That also does a great job of showing how limited in scope even the worst of the tornadoes is.  A disaster sure, but nothing like what most people imagine.

And do you have any sense of what "most people" imagine? This is pretty much in line with what I imagined a tornado to be, except much thicker.


If you're going to be pedantic and demand that I show polling data for 50.1% of the population of the earth, then no, I guess I don't.  But I do know from talking with friends outside the region and from reading these threads that a lot of people don't grasp the actual scale of tornadoes.  Really, is this worth arguing about?
 
2013-06-10 10:51:30 AM  

Mentat: Really, is this worth arguing about?


(welcometofark.jpg)
 
2013-06-10 10:58:27 AM  
The scar on the landscape from the El Reno tornado is even more impressive. It didn't go through a residential area, but it looks like someone took a massive scoop out of the topsoil 2.6 miles wide. It doesn't even really look like a tornado path it's so wide.

OKC is extremely lucky that one died out before getting to town or it probably would have been worse than the Moore tornado. Especially with all of those morons who were fleeing the tornado by car and clogging up both directions of the interstates.
 
2013-06-10 11:01:12 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Charlie Freak: TuteTibiImperes: Being able to see something from space doesn't mean a whole lot anymore.  I can see my car sitting in my driveway FROM SPACE via Google Earth.

Now, if something could be see from space with the naked eye, that's still mighty impressive.

Pretty sure those are aerial photos.

The Geoeye 1 satellite (which Google uses) is capable of half meter resolution, which is enough to zoom in on a house and see things like cars, trees, landscape features, etc.

Well, actually, it's capable of .41 meter resolution, and the upcoming Geoeye 2 is capable of .34 meter resolution, but due to government regulations anything more detailed than half meter is off limits for non-governmental use.


Maybe, but the pictures you see on zoomed in google earth are aerial photos.
 
2013-06-10 03:41:56 PM  
Hey, I can see my house from here!

/Really.  Missed by that much.
 
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