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Mega Snowstorm Affects 1/3 of U-S Population

Posted by feww on February 2, 2011

‘Worst Ever’ Snowstorm barrels Across the U-S

Deadly snowstorm of unprecedented magnitudes pummels  the country’s midsection before aiming for the already frozen Northeast

The massive storm has affected 30 states and more than a third of the US population.

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued storm watches, warnings and advisories in 33 states
  • NWS blizzard warnings issued for 8 states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsi
  • A state of emergency has been declared in Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.
  • In Oklahoma, paralyzed by whiteouts, 6-foot snow drifts have been reported.
  • A state of emergency has been declared in 29 counties in southern Wisconsin.
  • Bolivar and Polk Counties in Mississippi declare a state of emergency.
  • A state of emergency has been declared in several counties in NW Indiana.
  • Kansas Gov. has declared 53 counties as disaster area after blizzard shut down schools and state offices in eastern Kansas.
  • Arkansas declared a state of emergency for the state’s northern and western counties.
  • A state of emergency has also been declared for dozens of cities/counties in several other states.
  • Up to 15,000 flights have been canceled, as of posting, and many roads have become impassible.
  • about a dozen people have been killed in snow-n-ice storm related incidents.



An image of Midsection US covered by snow and ice was captured by MODIS NASA’s Terra satellite.


This visible image was captured by the GOES-13 satellite and shows the low pressure area stretching from the Colorado Rockies and Texas east to New England. The image shows the storm on Feb. 1 at 14:01 UTC. Image and caption: NASA

5 hours later, more snow piling up …


GOES-13 satellite visible image taken at 19:01UTC on February 1. Source: NASA


This NASA satellite image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft, taken Jan. 31, 2011 at 18:47 UTC (1:47 p.m. EST), shows the early stages of a developing storm in the plains and Midwestern states. This image highlights a preponderance of cold air in Canada and the northern US (green and blue colors). Image and caption: NASA

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