31 Oct '11, 6pm

Heavy Snow in Northeastern United States [image] #NASA

An unseasonably early nor’easter dropped as much as 32 inches (81 centimeters) of snow on some parts of the northeastern United States in late October 2011. Nicknamed “Snowtober,” the storm left wet, heavy snow on trees still loaded with leaves. News reports described snapped branches, snapped power lines, and utility companies scrambling to restore lights and heat. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on October 30, 2011. A swath of snow sweeps from West Virginia northeastward to Maine. Clouds hover east and west of the snow, blocking the satellite sensor’s view of western Pennsylvania and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. The storm broke snowfall-total records in cities throughout the U.S. Northeast, Capital Weather Gang reported. The nor’easter was also surprisingly intense, causing wind gusts a...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?...

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