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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Snowmageddon from space two years ago


Satellite image of the mid-Atlantic on February 7, 2010, two days after Snowmageddon. (NASA)

Two years ago, Snowmageddon, one of the D.C. area’s biggest snowstorms on record, finally came to a close in the late afternoon. That was after dumping a mind boggling 18-32” of snow over the course of about 30 hours. The storm shut the city down for days and is etched in the memories of all those who lived through it.

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The NASA image above shows how the region appeared from space the day after. Here is NASA’s description:

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on February 7, 2010, showing part of the region affected by heavy snowfall. Snow blankets the area hundreds of kilometers inland from the Atlantic coastline. Along the latitude of New York City, however, snow cover thins considerably.


U.S. snow cover and depth on February 7, 2010. (NOAA)

The mid-Atlantic region had some of the deepest snow cover in the entire nation (outside the high elevations of the West) after the storm. An impressive 60% of the country had snow cover at the time.


U.S. snow cover and depth on February 6, 2012 (NOAA)

Compare the snow cover in 2010 to this year. The mid-Atlantic is almost devoid of snow, and just over 25% of the country has snow cover.

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