Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Yesterday, March 20, was the first day of Spring (the Vernal Equinox), and the Sun was directly above the Equator at a point just east of the African continent at 8:31 a.m. Therefore, the Sun's rays fell on both the Arctic and Antarctic regions at the same time. On this satellite image taken from about 22,000 miles over the Equator, while the Himalayan Mountains are still snow covered, most of China and central Asia are snow free. The cloud masses in the central Indian Ocean are associated with the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma are mostly cloud free since it's now the dry season in this region - monsoon rains generally arrive in mid June.
Isn't our Creator wonderful?