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On June 19th and 20th, northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin were hit by large rain storm that caused extensive flooding and property damage. This is the third post in a series where I explore geospatial data and photos to visualize sediment plumes and flooding associated with the storm.

Sediment Plumes, MODIS Today – Space Science Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The best tool to view sediment plumes resulting from the Solstice flood extending into the western arm of Lake Superior is MODIS Today developed by the Space Science Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. MODIS Today shows Terra and Aqua products on a daily basis in true and false color at 2,000, 1,000 and 250 meter resolutions. You can view images in Google Earth and download images in standalone jpg format or GIS ready bundled with metadata, world (jgw) and projection (prj) files. Links provide the times for Terra and Aqua passes. A drop-down menu allows quick navigation to MODIS images for the past five years.

Below are Terra and Aqua images for the day after the storm.
Sediment in western Lake Superior – Terra – June 21, 2012 (pass approx 16:51 UTC -5 to CDT = 11:51am)


http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/index.php?satellite=t1&product=true_color&date=2012_06_21_173&overlay_sector=false&overlay_state=true&overlay_coastline=true&sector=USA3&resolution=250m

Sediment in western Lake Superior – Aqua – June 21, 2012 (pass approx 18:35 UTC -5 to CDT = 1:35pm)


http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/index.php?satellite=a1&product=true_color&date=2012_06_21_173&overlay_sector=false&overlay_state=true&overlay_coastline=true&sector=USA3&resolution=250m

The sediment is evident nearly two full weeks after the storm
Sediment in western Lake Superior – Terra – July 1, 2012 (pass approx 17:28 UTC -5 to CDT = 12:18pm)

http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/index.php?satellite=t1&product=true_color&date=2012_07_01_183&overlay_sector=false&overlay_state=true&overlay_coastline=true&sector=USA3&resolution=250m

Photos – Flickr

Searching on “duluth flood” accesses user contributed photos and video of the solstice flood. The Advanced Search link allows filtering for full text or tags only; photos, video or both; and by date.

Photo Galleries

Duluth Tribune
Flood Photo Galleries
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2241/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2242/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2243/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2244/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2245/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2246/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2247/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2249/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2252/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/photogallery/id/2253/

Superior Telegram
Flood Photo Galleries
http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/photogallery/id/927/
http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/photogallery/id/928/
http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/photogallery/id/929/

Minneapolis Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/159735785.html
http://www.startribune.com/galleries/159705585.html
http://www.startribune.com/galleries/159883875.html
http://www.startribune.com/galleries/160075415.html

Minnesota Public Radio
Photos: Duluth, northeast Minnesota awash
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/20/disaster/duluth-flood-photos/
Photos: Gooseberry Falls at full trottle
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/21/disaster/photos-gooseberry-river-in-full-roar-after-record-storm/
Photos: North Shore residents shocked by deluge
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/21/disaster/duluth-flooding-photos/

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