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NASA satellites help to comprehend winter storm aftermath

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US: Images obtained from NASA satellites are now showing repercussions of the great winter storm that started from January 22 to 24, 2016. Satellite images produced by the RapidScat shows the strong winds that led to flooding in southern New Jersey; while NASA's Aqua satellite and NASA/USGS's Landsat satellite are providing images of the post-storm snowy blanket.

The RapidScat instrument flies aboard the International Space Station and measures surface winds over the ocean. On Jan. 23 at 5 a.m. EST, RapidScat showed sustained winds as strong as 45 meters per second that led to flooding along the coast of southern New Jersey, which included areas from Cape May to Atlantic City.

Some areas along the New Jersey coastline were flooded as winds pushed the ocean waters inland, and serious beach erosion was reported. In an interview to a channel, mayor of North Wildwood, New Jersey, said, the flooding on the morning of Saturday, January 23 was half a foot higher than what the town experienced during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

After the storm had moved off into the Atlantic Ocean, NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the eastern U.S. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard captured a visible-light image on Jan. 24 at 1830 UTC that showed a blanket of snow on the ground stretching from southeastern Massachusetts to southeastern Missouri.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a natural-color image of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2016. Most neighborhoods in the image received at least 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 centimeters) of snowfall from the nor'easter that pounded the region from January 22 to 24.

Source: NASA