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. The beautiful radar image above 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:
Update 1/25/15 2pm ET: The wintry Earth art just keeps coming! NASA has released more images of the storm’s aftermath, including this natural color view of the East Coast taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite on Sunday, January 24th, at 1:30 pm ET. In daylight, you can really see just how extensive the snow cover is—from the southern edge of New England to eastern Missouri:
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite has also been busy, capturing this natural color image of the D.C. Metro area on January 24th. D.C. neighborhoods received anywhere between 18 and 24 inches of snow this weekend:
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