This Snowstorm Time-Lapse From Space Will Make You Shiver

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

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Marina Koren
March 27, 2014, 9:59 a.m.

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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