A look at our most popular case studies from 2015.
06, November 2020
We've taken a look back at the case studies entries we've produced this year and, using our web and @eumetsat_users Twitter statistics we've compiled a list of our top studies in 2015.
Our most popular entry was a rather unusual view almost completely clear skies over most of Europe, beautifully caught by Meteosat-10. As well as the usual tropical cyclone case studies, 2015's top ten images, listed below included the solar eclipse, huge sandstorms and heavy snowfall.
On our Twitterfeed astronomical case studies proved to be the most popular with our followers, with almost 800 followers clicking on links to Autumn Equinox 2015.
1: Anticyclone over Europe
On 9 April 2015 the Meteosat-10 Natural Colour RGB showed mainly clear skies stretching from the UK in the west all the way over to Ukraine in the east.
In total the imagery had around 2,375 hits via our website, Twitter and Facebook.
2: Intense Tropical Cyclone Bansi
On 11 January Tropical Cyclone Bansi formed north of Reunion Island in the Southern Indian Ocean and in less than 24 hours had intensified into a category 3 storm. By the morning of 13 January Bansi's maximum sustained winds had reached 260 km/h, equivalent to a Category 4 storm, with gusts of more than 300 km/h.
In total the imagery had more than 2,370 hits via our website, Twitter, Facebook and other sites.
3: Solar eclipse 2015
On 20 March, the shadow of the Moon crossed the Earth causing a solar eclipse. Parts of Norway, including the Metop Ground Station in Svalbard, saw a total solar eclipse, while other parts of Europe only had a partial eclipse. The eclipse could be seen on satellite imagery as a large shadow passing over the Northern Hemisphere.
In total the imagery had more than 1,868 hits via our website and Twitter.
4: Large sandstorm covers swathes of the Middle East
A sandstorm, with winds reaching 100 km/h, caused widespread disruption across the Middle East in early February. Large, persistent dust and sandstorms are not unusual in the Middle East, but they usually start to occur around Spring.
In total the imagery had more than 1,505 hits via our website, Twitter and Facebook.
5: Deep upper level trough brings snow to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
An upper level trough created a frontal cloud system which brought a lot of snow to Turkey and heavy snow showers to Crete, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Syria in early January.
In total the imagery had almost 1,263 hits via our website and Twitter.
6: Dust travels from Algeria to the Black Sea
In late January/early February a large dust plume swept north east from Africa and over the Mediterranean Sea. Picked up by an advection of westerly winds dust from Algeria travelled towards the north east, far beyond the Black Sea.
In total the imagery had around 1,250 hits via our website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other sites.
7: Low pressure brings heavy snowfall to Spain and Italy
Parts of northern Spain and northern and central Italy had very heavy snowfall in early February. The areas worst affected by the snow were reported to be in Cantabria, where 40 cm reportedly fell.
In total the imagery had almost 1,220 hits via our website, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
8: The spectrum of dust colours over the Arabian Peninsula
An interesting dust event happened on 1 April over the Arabian peninsula. The Dust RGB image reveals different colours of the same dust, which was transported in different directions and to different layers of the troposphere.
In total the imagery had almost 1,150 hits via our website and Twitter.
9: Easterly jet breaks behind the Alps
An easterly jet, uncommon in the prevailing westerly flow typical for European latitudes, stretched widely across the continent in early February.
In total the imagery had more than 1,140 hits via our website, Facebook and Twitter.
10: Early morning sunglint over the Indian Ocean
Meteosat-10 captured sunglint along the line of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, in January.
In total the imagery had more than 1,015 hits via our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Heavy snow in parts of Spain
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Early summer convection in central Argentina and Uruguay
Severe convection in central Argentina in December 2020.
Nearly-record snowfall in the western Alps in December 2020
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