The Northeast’s massive blizzard is even more impressive from space

The continent is under there, somewhere

Topics: Snow Storms, satellite image, NASA, Extreme weather,

The Northeast's massive blizzard is even more impressive from space (Credit: NASA/GSFC/Aqua/MODIS)

It’s kind of magical from the ground (at least, for those of us who get to stay inside), but the winter storm blanketing much of the Northeast and Midwest is a different beast when viewed from above.

On Thursday, NASA’s Aqua satellite made multiple trips over the continental U.S. The result is this composite, true-color image of the storm as it made its way up the eastern seaboard, bringing up to 2 feet of snow to areas around Boston and wind chills as low as 55 degrees below zero to the northern Plains.

Just remember: this is weather, not climate.

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Lindsay Abrams
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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