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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS034-E-57550 Date: Feb. 2013
Geographic Region: USA-TEXAS

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  Record Snowfall in North Texas

The winter season of 2012-2013 has been marked by powerful snowstorms with record-setting levels of snowfall throughout much of the Midwestern United States. This astronaut photograph, taken from the International Space Station, features the Southern High Plains of north Texas directly south of the city of Amarillo, TX (off image to the north). The snowstorm that had passed through this area before the image was taken left a record snowfall of approximately 43 centimeters (17 inches).

Snow blankets the city of Canyon, TX at image left. Urban area street grids and stream channels appear etched into the landscape by the snow - a result of both melting and street clearing in the urban regions, and the incised nature of the stream channels into the surrounding plains. Palo Duro Canyon at image right is largely free of snow along the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River channel and lower elevations, allowing the red sedimentary rocks forming the canyon walls to be visible. Agricultural fields in the area are easily identified due to the even snow cover broken only by roadways between the fields.

Lake Tanglewood, a reservoir located to the northeast of Canyon appears dark due to a lack of ice cover. Another dark region to the northwest of Canyon is a feed yard for cattle; any snowfall is this area has been removed by the actions of the livestock.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 278k
Mission: ISS034  
Roll - Frame: E - 57550
Geographical Name: USA-TEXAS  
Center Lat x Lon: 35.0N x 101.8W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: 24   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20130228   YYYYMMDD
Time: 172953   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 35.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 100.2W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 151   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 218   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 43   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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Man Made Views: URBAN AREA  
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