New satellite movie shows massive Eastern US cool down

Mar 13, 2014

Three days of satellite imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite were compiled into an animation that showed the progression of the storm system that drastically changed temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. from spring-like warmth to the bitter cold of winter.

A powerful weather system moved from the central U.S. to the east coast from March 11 to March 13 making the shocking temperature change. Over the course of three days, Washington, D.C.'s daytime temperatures plummeted by over 40 degrees and brought wind chills in the teens on March 13.

The National Weather Service reported the high temperature at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on March 11 hit 72. On March 12, the high topped out at 69 before a powerful cold front moved in. On March 13 at 12 p.m. EDT the airport reported 28F with northwesterly winds gusting to 37 mph. That made the wind chill feel like 13F at lunchtime. That's a 59 degree difference from the way it felt in the city two days before.

Further north, the storm also brought snow with the gusty winds and generated Blizzard Warnings to Buffalo, N.Y. on March 12 where heavy snow fell totaling 13.8 inches. The National Weather Service in Buffalo reported the highest sustained wind speed was 36 mph, and highest winds gusted to 47 mph. According to the National Weather Service, Buffalo's snowy winter has dropped 120.6 inches of snow, or 10 feet, 6 inches for the season.

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This animation of NOAA's GOES satellite data shows the progression of the major winter storm over the US Mid-Atlantic and northeastern US on March 12 and 13. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Dennis Chesters

In a short range public discussion, NOAA's National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park Md. noted on March 13 at 4:33 a.m. EDT: Conditions will gradually clear out across the Northeast on Thursday as the winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow over interior New England tracks farther up the Eastern Seaboard. Strong northwesterly winds behind the storm will make for a blustery day across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States... but winds should begin to diminish and temperatures will start to rebound once the storm lifts into the Canadian Maritimes on Friday.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite sits in a fixed orbit in space capturing visible and infrared imagery of all weather over the eastern U.S. and Atlantic Ocean.

Visible and infrared imagery from March 11 at 15:45 UTC/11:45 a.m. EDT to March 13 at 16:01 UTC/12:01 p.m. EDT captured by NOAA's GOES-East or GOES-13 satellite were compiled into a 21 second video made by NASA/NOAA's GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

To create the video and imagery, NASA/NOAA's GOES Project takes the cloud data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite and overlays it on a true-color image of land and ocean created by data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. Together, those data created the entire picture of the storm and show its movement. After the system passes, the snow on the ground becomes visible.

GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

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Benni
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 13, 2014
I guess I'm a bit puzzled by this. In 1998 there was a spike in global temperature at a time when CO2 levels measured at the Mt Mauna Loa Observatory were almost half what they were in 2013. Presumably all that CO2 is riding all those jet streams, since 1999 we've been putting up with these higher CO2 levels ........so where's the warming?

Oh, now I get it Mr Swindell (or is it "swindle"), the increased ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere results in "cooling", not "warming" but only for the past 16 years of global cooling, then just as soon as we see another one year warming spike that will be the year that the warming was caused by the present CO2 content of the atmosphere. Mr. Swindle, we are in dire need of more of your unique grade school arithmetic to get this figured out. By the way, I have a differential equation used in the design of an infrared (heat) thermo-couple that needs a little fine tuning, perhaps you could volunteer your modeling arithmetic to help us out.....?
JijiDuru
5 / 5 (3) Mar 13, 2014
[...] By the way, I have a differential equation used in the design of an infrared (heat) thermo-couple that needs a little fine tuning, perhaps you could volunteer your modeling arithmetic to help us out.....?


You have it where, on your toilet paper?

Yet another climate change denier, nothing new.

Moving on.
rwinners
5 / 5 (2) Mar 13, 2014
rwinners
5 / 5 (3) Mar 13, 2014
Weather is local... always.

Climate is global... always.

The timing is different.... always.
Osiris1
1 / 5 (1) Mar 14, 2014
Probably the HAARP project doing this by moving the polar jet stream to the south every time it generated its own 'aurora' and raised the ionosphere. US government experimenting with weather control. We always use our own citizens first as most are too poor to go to court...as if they are gonna be listened to anyway... When I think of all those poor thousands of people who died in cold frozen apartments in the northeast and in Chicago and Detroit and other places this winter. That is murder.
Captain Stumpy
3 / 5 (2) Mar 14, 2014
I guess I'm a bit puzzled by this.
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the increased ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere results in "cooling", not "warming" but only for the past 16 years of global cooling, then just as soon as we see another one year warming spike that will be the year that the warming was caused by the present CO2 content of the atmosphere

@Benni
your satirical conjecture is based upon a fallacy
the WARMING has destabilized the jet stream causing the weather to fluctuate to extremes
see: http://qz.com/163...n-worse/
watch the video, you might learn something as it applies to the weather events you are so confused by
also see:
http://www.nc-cli...tStreams
http://curriculum...mations/
Rimino
Mar 14, 2014
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antigoracle
1 / 5 (1) Mar 14, 2014
By the way, I have a differential equation used in the design of an infrared (heat) thermo-couple that needs a little fine tuning, perhaps you could volunteer your modeling arithmetic to help us out.....?

Unless you need that fine tuning, to result in something that looks like a hockey stick, then you are sh!t out of luck, sir.
Yours truly,
Al Swindle.

PS: Even though the globe is cooling it is still Global Warming. Why you ask? Because the models says so. Now stop asking reasonable, intelligent questions.