Image Cache: The US 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 400km up. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.
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 24. 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 60-90cm were common, with a few pockets of West Virginia and western Maryland seeing up to 1m. Sixty-eight centimetres of snow fell on Central Park, placing this storm 0.25cm shy of the all-time record.
Here's the full image, in all of its glory:
NASA has also released this natural colour view of the US East Coast taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite on Sunday, January 24, 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 colour image of the DC Metro area on January 24. DC neighbourhoods received anywhere between 45 and 61cm of snow this weekend: