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Mini Blizzard Today!

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 10:19pm EDT

Blue skies shortly after 3 p.m. rapidly change to a mini blizzard at 5:15 p.m.

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Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 8:42pm EDT

Megastorm Sandy’s march of destruction claimed at least 110 lives and left more than 8.5 million people without electricity by late Tuesday, in one of the largest storms ever to strike the East Coast.

In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 1255 UTC, moves inland across the mid-Atlantic region on October 30, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a ‘major disaster’ for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

Sun Halo Created by the Outer Bands of Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 1:25pm EDT

Halos around the Sun and Moon are fairly common. They occur when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky. Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens. Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Sun Halo.

Hurricane Issac

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 8:44pm EDT

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Tropical Storm Isaac by Night

Early on August 28, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of Tropical Storm Isaac and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States. The image was acquired just after local midnight by the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. In this case, the clouds of Isaac were lit by moonlight.

Credit: NASA/Suomi-NPP

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day Night Band data. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

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