January 26, 2014 - Snow across northeastern United States

Snow across northeastern United States

A fast-moving, frigid Clipper moved across the northeastern United States in late January 2014, dumping snow and dropping temperatures. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image after the storm had ended on January 22.

Snow blankets the ground from northern North Carolina to Maine, and westward across Canada’s Quebec and Ontario provinces, as well as across Ohio and West Virginia. Snow totals were the highest this winter in many areas, especially in New England. New York reported 11.5 in (29.2 cm) in Central Park and 14.5 in (26.8 cm) Selden and North Babylon; Manalpan, New Jersey recorded 15 in (40.1 cm) and 18.3 in (46.5 cm) of new snow fell in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Bitter cold and gusting winds added to the frosty misery across the region. In New York, the temperature stayed below 14°F (-10°C) through the January 21-22 storm, but strong gusts made it feel as low as -13°F (-25°C). Evidence of the cold winds can be seen in the clouds – the long parallel rows of cumulus clouds over Lake Ontario and the Atlantic Ocean are called “cloud streets”. Such clouds form under certain conditions when cold, dry air blows over warmer, moister bodies of water.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 1/22/2014
Resolutions: 1km (576.7 KB), 500m (2.3 MB), 250m (5.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC