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NE U.S. Blizzard, Rainstorm GOES Movies

Posted by feww on March 26, 2010

Late winter rainstorms pummeled  NE U.S.

And the severe weather season hasn’t even begun yet!

The northeastern U.S. was pummeled by blizzards, swamped by heavy flooding, and battered by late winter storms. Two movies of the events were captured by NASA Satellite GOES-12 between February 1 and 16, and March 8 and 16, 2010.


This is a still image of the well-developed storm on March 15, 2010 at 2115 UTC (4:15 p.m. ET) the New England coast. Source: NASA GOES Project

“Following the Nor’easter ‘parade of blizzards’ in February this year, another week-long parade of storms flooded the upper Midwest and Northeastern U.S. in March,” said a NASA GOES Project official. “The merge of three storms in the Midwest was unusual, where the normal pattern is a series of spring storms carried by the prevailing westerlies (winds).”

“The movie was created by overlaying the clouds observed several times per hour by NOAA’s GOES Imager onto a true-color map previously derived from NASA’s Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land-mapping instrument. The infrared channels on GOES detect clouds day and night, which are portrayed as grey for low clouds and white for high clouds. The movie compresses nine days into two minutes. It illustrates how continental-scale land/sea/air phenomena come together to make large late winter storms.” NASA Website said.

“Heavy rains that hit the northeast cause flooding, fatalities, power outages and damages. Downed trees from rain-soaked roots toppled power lines. Outages were reported in Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Literally thousands of trees were reported felled in Connecticut and New York. Flooding forced evacuations and put roadways under water. As far north as Maine, parts of the state received more than eight inches of rain. ”

Total rainfall for the first 19 days of March:

  • Boston: 7.45″
  • Bridgeport, Conn: 4.02″
  • Newark, NJ: 5.24″
  • New York City: 4.72″
  • Portland, Maine: 3.57″ of rain.

Most of that rainfall was caused by the storms.

The link to the movies: (Unfortunately, the movie were available only in one format, MP4, as of posting.)

  1. GOES Movie of the Northeastern US Floods
  2. GOES Blizzard movie

    Note: The second movie linked to above, is a 2-minute movie compressed from GOES satellite data recorded February 1-16, 2010, capturing two blizzards which hit the Baltimore, Md. and Washington areas.

    During the first two weeks of February, Washington, DC,  was put out of action by two blizzards which dumped heavy wet snow as follows:

    • 5 inches fell on February 3
    • 24 inches fell on February 6
    • 12 inches on February 10.
    • A second, back-to-back storm followed on February 16 dumping 10 inches on Philadelphia and New York, but spared Washington and Baltimor.

    “These storms are called Nor’easters because the counter-clockwise circulation around a low pressure system on the Atlantic coast pushes moist sea air from the north-east into arctic air over the land. This windy mixture creates a very efficient snow-making machine from Boston to Washington. ‘The GOES movie illustrates how succeeding storms form along the Gulf coast, travel up the Atlantic coast, pause over the mid-Atlantic states, and finally slide out to sea,’ said a NASA official with GOES Project.” Source: NASA/EO website.

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    Humongous Snowstorm Paralyzes Eastern U.S.

    Posted by feww on February 6, 2010

    Snow Forecast: Record 76 cm (30 in)

    Snowfall totals of up to 76 cm are forecast from Virginia to southern New Jersey

    Virginia, Maryland and Delaware  declare states of emergency amid “snowpocalypse,” and put the National Guard on alert


    Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Image.
    Click Image to enlarge (24-Hr FE ED). Source: UW-SSEC

    A ferocious blizzard caused by at least 12 inches of snow, as of posting (and mounting),  and 64 km/h  (40 mph)  winds in what is dubbed as “snowmageddon” is pummeling the US mid-Atlantic.

    The authorities canceled all flights at Washington’s Reagan National airport, allowing only a few international flights to operate at Dulles International, news reports said.

    The blizzard forced the U.S. govt offices in the Washington area to close after lunch yesterday.

    Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT said it had less than 6% of the state’s snow removal budget left, with the lion’s share already spent during the earlier blizzard in December.

    About 20,000 homes have lost power in the Washington area as power lines and tree branches snapped under heavy snow.

    The blizzard is the second to strike the area since December, when another storm dumped about 41 cm (16in) of snow in the Washington area.

    Forecasters have predicted more than 76 cm (30 inches) of snow, for the area, some 5 cm (2 in) more than the all time record of 28 inches set in 1922.

    GOES East – Eastern U.S. Imagery


    An aviation color enhancement of a satellite image. GEOS Eastern U.S. Imagery
    , NOAA SSD.


    Weather Map – Click Image to Enlarge

    The National Weather Service Snow Stats:

    More than 30.5cm (12in, 1ft) of snowfall:  13 times since records began in 1870

    Heaviest snowfall on record:  71cm (28in) in January 1922

    Worst snowfall ever: about 91.5cm (3ft)  hit the area  in 1772 (100 years before records began)

    National Snow Analysis:

    February 5, 2010 (Metric Units)

    Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
    Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
    Snow Depth
    Average: 17.0 cm
    Minimum: 0.0 cm
    Maximum: 2340.7 cm
    Std. Dev.: 27.6 cm
    Snow Water Equivalent
    Average: 3.7 cm
    Minimum: 0.0 cm
    Maximum: 1158.5 cm
    Std. Dev.: 7.1 cm

    February 5, 2010 (English Units)

    Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
    Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
    Snow Depth
    Average: 6.7 in
    Minimum: 0.0 in
    Maximum: 921.5 in
    Std. Dev.: 10.9 in
    Snow Water Equivalent
    Average: 1.5 in
    Minimum: 0.0 in
    Maximum: 456.1 in
    Std. Dev.: 2.8 in

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    Snow Cover Animations:

    Snow Reports

    Top Ten: Metric Units…
    Station ID Name Elev
    (feet)
    Snow
    (in)
    Duration
    (hours)
    Time(UTC)
    35.1322_082.9342 LAKE TOXAWAY (278LAK) 3061 5.000 6 2010-02-05 04
    0724H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 0.4 ESE, NM 8940 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    0730H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 2.3 S, NM 8684 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    35.1906_083.3639 EAST FRANKLIN (840685EA) 2087 3.000 6 2010-02-05 03
    35.3186_082.4611 HENDERSONVILLE (932HEND) 2188 3.000 6 2010-02-05 05
    2199C_MADIS TIJERAS 5.0 E, NM 7113 11.200 24 2010-02-04 14
    0722H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 4.9 NE, NM 8294 10.700 24 2010-02-04 14
    MTRN5 MOUNTAINAIR 8NW 6634 10.500 24 2010-02-04 14
    2395C_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 16 ESE, NM 6621 10.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    3705S_MADIS NORTH LOGAN 0.8 ESE, UT 4757 10.000 24 2010-02-04 15

    Doppler Radar National Mosaic
    NWS Radar Mosaic. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Hazards. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Snow Accumulation.   Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Weather Forecast.  Click Image to enlarge and update.
    (24-Hr FE ED).


    Predominant Weather. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    IR Satellite Image. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Water Vapor Satellite Image. Click Image to enlarge and update.
    (24-Hr FE ED).


    Max Temps. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Min Temps.
    Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Temp – Real Time Mesoscale Analysis.
    Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    6-Hr Precipitation amount.  (24-Hr FE ED). Click Image to enlarge and update.


    12-Hr Probability Precipitation (%).   Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).


    Wind Speed.  Click Image to enlarge and update. (24hr- FE ED).


    Wind Gusts.  Click Image to enlarge and update. (24hr- FE ED)


    Sky Cover.
    Click Image to enlarge and update. (24hr- FE ED)


    River and Lake Levels. Click Image to Enter Portal.


    US Seasonal Drought Outlook.
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    Surface Weather Charts.
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