December 31, 2013 - Snow in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Snow in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A brief, but intense, snowstorm covered much of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in mid-December, 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on December 13 after the storm had passed and the skies had cleared.

Snow stretches from New York to West Virginia, with the heaviest covering on the east side of the Appalachian Mountains and bordering the Susquehanna River, which stands out in stark relief against the white snow. No borderlines have been overlain on this image, so the demarcations between states are not seen.

The snowstorm dumped up to 6 inches (15 cm) of snow in places such as Red Lion, Pennsylvania and 5 inches (13 cm) at Cross Junction, Virginia. Federal offices were closed in Washington, as well as schools in part of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, and m more than 1,300 flights were cancelled.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 12/13/2013
Resolutions: 1km (208.9 KB), 500m (842 KB), 250m (1.9 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC