Blizzard photos from space

Here's how things looked from on high, courtesy of NASA.

Well that was one for the books. January 23, 2016 was a doozy that went by the name of Winter Storm Jonas; a hulking, rambling nor'easter that broke snowfall records from Virginia to Connecticut. Just look at these numbers:

Washington Reagan National airport: Record snowfall of 11.3 inches, breaking the old record of 11.0 in 1935.
BWI Thurgood Marshall airport: Record snowfall of 25.5 inches, breaking the old record of 11.5 in 1935.
Washington Dulles airport: Record snowfall for the day of 22.1 inches.
Richmond, Virginia: Record snowfall of 5.3 inches, breaking the old record of 2.7 inches in 1908.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Record daily snowfall of 26.4 inches, breaking the old one of 9.5 inches in 1982.
Newark, New Jersey: Record snowfall of 27.5 inches, breaking the old record of 4.5 set in 2005.
Central Park, New York: 26.8 inches missed the greatest storm total snowfall by 0.1 inch, but the daily for January 23 of 26.6 inches broke the old one of 24.1 inches in 2006.
JFK airport:: Record snowfall of 30.5 inches, beating the old record of 26 in 2003.

You get the picture. And New York City looked like this on the ground (that's a normally bustling street on the Upper East Side):

Jonas blizzard NYC© Melissa BreyerBut after the storm passed, things looked pretty good ... from space, at least. NASA satellites grabbed a number of snowy views of the wintry landscape that help to put things into perspective. This was one big sweeping storm.

Post-blizzard photos from space© NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid ResponseThe image above is from January 24, after the storm scooted itself snowy self into the Atlantic Ocean. NASA's Aqua satellite obtained this visible-light image using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard. The blanket of snow stretches all the way from southeastern Massachusetts to southeastern Missouri.

Post-blizzard© USGS/NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens/Mike CarlowiczThe natural-color image of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. above was captured on January 24 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. NASA notes that most neighborhoods in the image received at least 18 to 24 inches of snowfall.

Jonas blizzard© NOAA/NASAThe NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's combination of the day-night band and high resolution infrared imagery shows the blizzard at nighttime as it crept over the New York Metropolitan area.

Jonas blizzard© NASA/NOAA GOES ProjectWhile people were out searching for their buried cars the next day, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental (GOES-East) satellite showed the storm slinking off into the sunrise just east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

And now, just a few days later, most of the snow in New York City has magically disappeared and the high today was 47 degrees. Go figure.

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