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Satellite View of "Snowmageddon"

Published by Matt on Mon Feb 8, 2010 10:12 am via: Earth Observatory
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Nicknamed “snowpocalypse” and “snowmageddon,” an exceptionally severe winter storm dropped several feet of snow around the Washington, DC area in early February 2010. Crashed and abandoned cars littered roads as airlines canceled hundreds of flights.

Even the DC Metro underground train system stopped functioning in places. Authorities urged residents to stay indoors, but hundreds of thousands lost electricity. The Washington Post reported that the snow-induced standstill might last until midweek, but also listed organized snowball fights throughout the region.

Satellite View of "Snowmageddon". Credit: NASA

Satellite View of "Snowmageddon". Credit: NASA

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on February 7, 2010, showing part of the region affected by heavy snowfall. Snow blankets the area hundreds of kilometers inland from the Atlantic coastline. Along the latitude of New York City, however, snow cover thins considerably.

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