NW Infrared

   The infrared or IR satellite view can be hard to read and often misleading when it comes to low level cloudiness.  Keep in mind, the image is based on assigning a color code to temperatures in the atmosphere.  The gray colors represent low clouds, yellow, purple and blue indicate higher level moisture, often associated with deep moisture areas and precipitation.  To verify low cloudiness, look to the visible satellite image during the daylight hours.