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This Snowstorm Time-Lapse From Space Will Make You Shiver

Just a little something to further validate your complaints about heavy snowfall this year.


It sure felt like the snowiest winter ever on the East Coast, didn't it?


It certainly looks like it was, at least from space, thanks to this time-lapse from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA's GOES project, which provides continuous satellite monitoring of weather patterns.

The clip tracks the movement of storms between Jan. 1 and March 24, overlaying cloud data gleaned from satellites over true-color images of land and water. The time-lapse blends together one image for each day during that time period, providing a good picture of "persistent brutal winter weather," said NASA's Dennis Chesters, who created the animation.

Brutal is right. The 2013-2014 winter season was snowier than usual for the East Coast. By the time spring arrived last week—officially, at least—Washington had received 30.3 inches of snow, double its average winter snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. For Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and several other cities, this winter ranked among the five snowiest on record.


As you watch the nonstop winter wonderland go by, just remember: Spring is coming.

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