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| Earth on Nov 15, 2012

View from space: November nor’easter snowfall in U.S. Northeast

A satellite view of the snow left behind by the nor’easter that followed on the heels of Hurricane Sandy.

This is a satellite view of the snow left behind by the nor’easter that followed on the heels of Hurricane Sandy on November 9, 2012. The snow stretched from New Jersey to Massachusetts.

Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

From the vantage point of The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, snowfall was the visible impact of the storm. But the areas blanketed in white were not the only ones affected by the storm. The National Weather Service also observed wind gusts up to 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour; high waves and minor coastal flooding in New Jersey and Delaware; and 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) of rain along the New Jersey coast. Similar conditions were reported in coastal New England.

The nor’easter hit areas already struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including those suffering through ongoing power outages. The Associated Press reported that tens of thousands of customers in New York and New Jersey remained without electricity two weeks after Sandy’s landfall.

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