Met-11 Natural Colour

Snow-covered Europe

16 January 2021 10:00 UTC-17 January 09:00 UTC

Met-11 Natural Colour
Met-11 Natural Colour

Many parts of Europe were covered in snow in mid-January 2021.

Last Updated

10 June 2022

Published on

18 January 2021

By Jochen Kerkmann and José Prieto (EUMETSAT) and Ivan Smiljanic (CGI)

Although it's not unusual to get snow in January in Europe, it is more unusual to see so much of Europe covered at the same time. The Meteosat-11 and MODIS imagery shows that there was snow on the ground in areas from Spain up to Russia and from Finland across to Greece.

Meteosat-11 Snow RGB
Figure 1: Meteosat-11 Snow RGB (snow in dark orange to red hues), 17 January 09:00 UTC.
Met-11 Natural Colour
Figure 2: Meteosat-11 Natural Colour RGB, daily minimum on week 11 January 2021.
MODIS True Color, 16 Jan
Figure 3: Aqua MODIS True Color RGB overlaid (in the cloud-free areas) with Aqua/Terra Normalised Difference Snow Index (snow in yellow to red pixels), 16 January, overpasses from 10:00 to 13:20 UTC.