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VIIRS Sees a Blanket of Snow over New England

VIIRS Sees a Blanket of Snow over New England

Snow blankets northeastern New York State and most of New England in this true-color image captured by the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP on March 22, 2017. To create true-color images like this one, scientists combine data from three of VIIRS's 22 channels--namely those sensitive to green, red, and blue wavelengths of light--along with supplemental data from other channels. VIIRS provides coverage of the entire globe twice a day with 750-meter resolution across its entire scan. In doing so, it offers better coverage than its instrument predecessors, which has led to improved atmospheric and environmental satellite data products, pertaining to vegetation health, phytoplankton abundance, clouds, smoke plumes and dust, and as shown here, ice and snow cover.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

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Weather History for March 24
Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians. Cape Hatteras NC was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph at New York City. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

The storm system which produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley the previous day, spread heavy snow across parts of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Snowfall totals of 2.2 inches at Philadelphia PA and 2.4 inches at Atlantic City NJ were records for the date. Up to six inches of snow blanketed southern Ohio. In the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, snow coated the blossoms of cherry trees which had bloomed in 80 degree weather the previous week. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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