The East Coast “bomb cyclone” on Thursday looks both beautiful and sinister from space.
While scientists have been tracking storms using satellites in orbit for decades, they now have a brand new tool at their disposal: GOES-16, also called GOES-East.
The brand new satellite — which wasn’t available to scientists last winter — is one of the most powerful weather-watching tools in history, able to take snapshots of the storm every minute.
The result? Some truly astonishing images.
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The storm, which is bringing blizzard conditions to areas from Virginia to Maine, along with hurricane-force wind gusts and damaging coastal flooding, looks like a classic non-tropical storm. It took on a comma shape, drawing in moisture all the way from the Bahamas, and dumping it into an Arctic air mass in place over the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast. Read more…
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