29 Dec '17, 9pm

A Chilly End to 2017 for the Northeast

As 2017 drew toward a close, bitterly cold Arctic air spilled into the eastern United States for several days. Blasts of cool air set up a white Christmas for many Americans and were poised to make New Year’s Eve celebrations the coldest in recent memory in many areas. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the Northeast’s frozen landscape on December 28, 2017. Brisk northwesterly winds created rows of “cloud streets” as cold air blew over Lake Ontario and the Atlantic Ocean. A layer of snow covered much of New England and upstate New York. Cloud streets are long parallel bands of cumulus clouds that form when cold air blows over warmer waters and a warmer air layer (temperature inversion ) rests over the top of both. The comparatively warm water gives up heat and moisture to the cold air above, and column...

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