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This CloudSat image shows a cross-section of tropical clouds and thunderstorms over eastern Africa. The layered view of storms like these give scientists a better idea of what is happening inside them. CloudSat's Cloud-Profiling Radar is more than 1,000 times more sensitive than typical weather radar and can distinguish between cloud particles and precipitation.
This CloudSat image shows a warm front storm over the Norwegian Sea. Images of the North Sea were the very first taken by the radar-activated satellite.