Snowed in this weekend? You’re weren’t alone-as you’ve no doubt heard, the East Coast just got walloped by a record-breaking winter storm
. But sometimes, words simply can’t do justice to the magnitude of a meteorological event. You need images taken from 250 miles up.
Naturally, NASA has delivered. This beautiful radar image shows us one snowy little corner of our planet, as seen by NASA and NOAA’s Suomi infrared satellite at 1:55 am ET on Sunday, January 24th. A few hours later, the storm was tapering off over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as it tracked out to sea.
By that time, pretty much the entire New York-DC corridor was covered in a thick blanket of snow. Accumulations of 2-3 feet were common, with a few pockets of West Virginia and western Maryland seeing up to 3.5 feet. 26.8 inches of snow fell on Central Park, placing this storm 0.1 inches shy of the all-time record. It’s pretty humbling to look at this densely populated urban landscape we call home, and to realize that from a short distance away, we’re nothing more than a streak of white powder.
Here’s the full image, in all of its glory:
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