Satellite Animation Shows Massive Eastern U.S. Cool Down

Video animation follows

Three days of satellite imagery from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite were compiled into an animation that showed the progression of the storm system that drastically changed temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. from spring-like warmth to the bitter cold of winter. (watch the greying out of the image)

A powerful weather system moved from the central U.S. to the east coast from March 11 to March 13 resulting in the shocking temperature change. Over the course of three days, Washington, D.C.’s daytime temperatures plummeted by over 40 degrees and brought wind chills in the teens on March 13.

The National Weather Service reported the high temperature at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. on March 11 hit 72. On March 12, the high topped out at 69 before a powerful cold front moved in. On March 13 at 12 p.m. EDT the airport reported 28F with northwesterly winds gusting to 37 mph. That made the wind chill feel like 13F at lunchtime. That’s a 59 degree difference from the way it felt in the city two days before.

Further north, the storm also brought snow with the gusty winds and generated Blizzard Warnings to Buffalo, N.Y. on March 12 where heavy snow fell totaling 13.8 inches. The National Weather Service in Buffalo reported the highest sustained wind speed was 36 mph, and highest winds gusted to 47 mph. According to the National Weather Service, Buffalo’s snowy winter has dropped 120.6 inches of snow, or 10 feet, 6 inches for the season.

In a short range public discussion, NOAA’s National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park Md. noted on March 13 at 4:33 a.m. EDT: Conditions will gradually clear out across the Northeast on Thursday as the winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow over interior New England tracks farther up the Eastern Seaboard.  Strong northwesterly winds behind the storm will make for a blustery day across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States… but winds should begin to diminish and temperatures will start to rebound once the storm lifts into the Canadian Maritimes on Friday.

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite sits in a fixed orbit in space capturing visible and infrared imagery of all weather over the eastern U.S. and Atlantic Ocean.

Imagery from March 11 at 15:45 UTC/11:45 a.m. EDT to March 13 at 16:01 UTC/12:01 p.m. EDT captured by NOAA’s GOES-East or GOES-13 satellite was compiled into a 21 second video made by NASA/NOAA’s GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

To create the video and imagery, NASA/NOAA’s GOES Project takes the cloud data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite and overlays it on a true-color image of land and ocean created by data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Together, those data created the entire picture of the storm and show its movement. After the storm system passes, the snow on the ground becomes visible.

GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on Earth’s surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric “triggers” for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

For updated information about the storm system, visit NOAA’s NWS website: www.weather.gov

For more information about GOES satellites, visit: www.goes.noaa.gov/ or goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Rob Gutro
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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35 thoughts on “Satellite Animation Shows Massive Eastern U.S. Cool Down

  1. There will be a cold summer to look forward to. The Great Ice Mountains were made in place from heavy snow winters. This WILL happen again. This winter is just a warning. pg

  2. It was a very wise move to close your “Barycentric” thread that attempted to take down Nicola Scafetta.

    The scientific advisors you promote are Willis Eschenbach (clueless), Mosher (grumpy mystic) and Lief Svalgaard (in need of medication). Even if Nicola is wrong he is a real scientist while your “Experts” are not.

  3. Some context for the ongoing local weather reports on this ‘climate’ blog: the past three months were the 8th warmest in the instrument record for the northern hemisphere.

  4. Or, as the local media’s been reporting it, for the first time in 130 years, Buffalo had two blizzards in a single season … and has already had two feet more snow than in an entire average season.

  5. parisparamus says:
    March 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    NPR is reporting that maximum Great Lakes ice has come and gone without a record. True?

  6. March 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm | parisparamus says:

    NPR is reporting that maximum Great Lakes ice has come and gone without a record. True?

    You need to get out a bit, Paris … you’re sharing the same intellect as your namesake.
    NCDC Blows Away All Records For Data Tampering

    Despite record cold and Great Lakes ice, NCDC thinks they can get away altering the US temperature record to make the past winter just below average temperature.

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/ncdc-blows-away-all-records-for-data-tampering/

    • Streetcred, are you saying I shouldn’t be looking to NPR, or that caring about the subject is the problem? I asked because I don’t trust NPR…

  7. Leo Geiger says:
    March 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    Some context for the ongoing local weather reports on this ‘climate’ blog: the past three months were the 8th warmest in the instrument record for the northern hemisphere.
    = = = = = = = = =

    That’s probably because your gurus have their thumbs on the scales, just like they did in 2010 when everyone was freezing their butts off, but the scales said “you are frying, and it’s your own fault!”
    Do you not wonder why skepticism of the warming cults has flourished?
    Like I just explained to Joel Shore, there is a massive discrepancy between the mathematical abstraction and what is happening on the ground:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/03/13/documentary-how-the-global-warming-scare-began/#comment-1589723

    You can’t socially construct a warming world from frozen whole cloth.

  8. gallopingcamel pontificated :
    March 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    “Even if Nicola is wrong he is a real scientist while your “Experts” are not.”
    —-
    Yet it does not matter who the messenger is if the message is right,
    and is backed up by empirical evidence, or repeatable experiment.
    Whereas if Nicola is wrong, he is still wrong even if he had all the
    scientific credentials in the World. Even if the “Experts” that you
    claim have poor credentials, by your standards, they may well be
    “Expert Messengers”, and that is all we need ask of them.

    “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
    a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

    I would add this. That it does not matter who did the
    experiment, or what their academic qualifications were,
    so long as the results are verifiable.

    Ad hominem, name calling and other such gratuitous insults,
    add nothing to the sum total of Human knowledge about climate.
    However if Nicola Scafetta is still wrong, it isn’t an insult to say so.

  9. March 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm | parisparamus says:
    ———
    In that case, I have misinterpreted your humour and apologise ;)

    • Well, I would like the real ice stats. Doesn’t seem like the weather is/was warm enough in the Lake zone for much, if any melting to have taken place. I want a record as another nail in the AGW coffin!

  10. Leo Geiger wants context. Here is a bit. For the past 3 months I have been taller than my average height over the entire instrumental (long) record. That’s unadjusted measurements by the way, and you can trust me so I won’t bother with the details.

  11. parisparamus asked:
    March 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    Well, I would like the real ice stats.
    —-
    It is my pleasure to remind you of this excellent website on the matter :
    arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere
    (copy & paste into your browser address bar)

  12. I do not know what the global averages will be for March, but to the end of February, I have the following: Of the ones I am tracking, February is in for UAH, RSS, Hadsst3 and GISS. The rankings for the average of January and February so far are 10th, 11th, 12th and 11th. GISS dropped from 0.70 in January to 0.45 in February. Globally, the 0.45 on GISS ranked February 2014 as the 17th warmest February on record.

  13. In context, I’m moderately surprised that the following has not been mentioned or posted yet:

    US Having Its Coldest Six Month Period Since 1912

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/us-having-its-coldest-six-month-period-since-1912/

    Much of that has been “mere” weather: relatively extra polar air flow can flow down over one continent or region while mass-balanced in circulation by warmer air coming up from the south over another region, like this particular winter has meanwhile not been exceptionally cold for Europe. Still, the U.S. already touching on cold like that last experienced way back in 1912, like that during the weakest solar cycle in the 20th century (cycle 14 of 1902-1913) is mildly interesting, and, in the context of vastly more temperature/solar data like my usual http://img213.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=62356_expanded_overview3_122_1094lo.jpg , people have seen relatively nothing yet, as right now is still a solar max (even though a weak one) unlike later this decade and beyond.

  14. Leo Geiger says:
    March 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    Some context for the ongoing local weather reports on this ‘climate’ blog: the past three months were the 8th warmest in the instrument record for the northern hemisphere.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I gotta agree with Leo here. For ten years I put $10.00 month into a jar. This year I started putting 1 cent per month into the jar. So, after 123 months, I now have $1200.03 in my jar. As anyone can see, the last three months I’ve had the most money EVER in that jar. In fact, if I take one cent per month out for the next two months, the last three months would then be tied for the highest three months EVER. And if I continue to take one cent per month out for another three months, the last three months would be the second highest three months on record EVER! And I’d have $1199.97!

    I’m sure you all see Leo’s point now?

  15. gallopingcamel:

    Although speaking concisely since such is somewhat off-topic for this thread, this marked the first time I personally recall seeing WUWT (a) close a thread early and (b) delete from its front page list a link to a site ranking up there in popularity, the Talkshop, while (c) unusually not linking to the paper it was bashing, as if not wanting people to read the other side (even if a minority would spend the extra time to find such in their own searching). To its credit, so far WUWT has mainly maintained freedom in the comment sections at least, but hopefully the preceding path doesn’t get followed down further in the future, not like Wikipedia on which a team of a few extreme postcount (edit-count) posters (the most well-known being Connolley) obtained greater dominance while not being a type, wording this politely, tending to be unbiased.

    REPLY: Talkshop is still on the front page sidebar, just placed in the category they once occupied that is appropriate for the content. Roger Tattersall has returned to his previous methods, although for awhile it looked like he was improving and I placed him on par with other skeptical websites. That was a mistake, now rectified. I closed the thread because Nicola won’t address the paper itself, but instead insists everyone else is just too stupid (especially me) to understand his brilliant theory that was just falsified by Holm. It’s like talking to Doug Cotton where the only response is “read my papers”. Whereas I at one time though the ideas had merit, its a dead issue to me now, I just don’t have any patience for the machinations of cyclomania anymore.

    I’ve also been privy to some unsavory behind the scene things from these folks, and I’m just not going to engage them anymore as it is a complete waste of time. I have more important things to do than worry about them and their constant distractions over their pet theory.

    People that get upset that sometimes I just have to shut things off should walk a mile in my shoes one day, and experience the abuse I get for running this website and trying to keep it running in a reasonable manner.

    – Anthony

  16. California and the Southwest have been abnormally warm this winter. I guess the Northeast has to be abnormally colder to average the overall heat wave from the runaway global warming in the Official Record.
    One of the warmest years in recorded history! Must be a damn short record. :-p pg

  17. Leo Geiger says:
    March 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    Some context for the ongoing local weather reports on this ‘climate’ blog: the past three months were the 8th warmest in the instrument record for the northern hemisphere.

    Wow. December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere were warmer than all but seven other three-month periods in the instrumental record? I must’ve missed all the snow and ice covering much of the NH during all but seven June-July-Augusts…

    If you’re referring to anomalies versus ‘average temperature’, it would be useful to clarify as such, including the source of that particular snippet.

  18. Thermometers fail to record how wicked the wind and cold was in southern New Hampshire, yesterday, because the core of the cold came through starting at sunrise and was pretty much over at sunset. Therefore the blast had to compete with the high March sunshine.

    It was around 20 (F) when I arrived at work just before sunrise, and had dropped to 17 an hour later. By 9:00 it was 14 and at noon it was 12. The entire time there were intense flurries of snow that gave us an extra two inches even though the storm had passed us and was “over.” (Many flurries didn’t show on radar.) As the sun broke out in the afternoon the temperatures rose to around 17, and last night they didn’t fall as much as I expected, considering we had fresh snowfall. The core of the cold had moved out to sea and was cooling the Atlantic.

    There are times the records on paper flunk, when it comes to describing what you experience when you have to work outdoors.

    On Wednesday the thaw had softened the snow and it was utterly exhausting trudging through it. This morning I can walk atop a foot of snow as if I was walking across a frozen lake.

    The snow must have an amazing amount of water in it. Because we have been on the eastern edge of the national cold, we’ve had yo-yo weather, with brief warm-ups surging up the coast with rain. The warm-ups can be measured in hours while the following cold is measured in days, but if a six hour warm-up straddles midnight it makes the temperature records for two days look much warmer than my skin experienced.

    Again and again we’ve had rain wet the snow only to swiftly freeze solid. Where a foot of powder snow might melt away in a few days of strong March sunshine, the dense stuff we’ve got laying around will take much longer. It may have as much as four inches of water in a foot of snow.

    I’m trying to get my mind around how much available heat will be sucked up and turned into latent heat, just melting the mess.

    Thermometers can’t measure it.

  19. I don’t trust NPR either. It’s not that I think they intentionally mislead, but they certainly have a viewpoint and perspective that in my opinion colors the objectivity and completeness of their “reporting.” In fact, in the midst of this year’s pledge drives I’m proud to once again act as a dedicated non-sponsor of both National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service and their local stations. Non-sponsorship, by the way, that I’m personally willing to match for any non-pledges called in within the next 30 minutes.

  20. gallopingcamel says:
    March 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    __________________
    You are an anonymous troll.

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