Satellite Shows an "Arctic Blanket" Over the U.S. [detail]



Washington, DC, United States

Arctic air has surged into the U.S. pushing into the Southeastern states and dropping high temperatures there into the 20s with colder wind chills.

This NOAA GOES-East satellite image was captured at 1445 UTC/9:45 a.m. EST on January 28, and between the clouds and the snow on the ground with cold air overhead, it appears as if much of the U.S. has been covered by an "Arctic Blanket."

According to NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), the Gulf coast states from southern Louisiana east to the Carolinas are facing a wintry mix of precipitation along the southern edge of the Arctic air. Meanwhile, NWS notes that wind chills throughout much of the central and eastern U.S. are in single and negative numbers during the day on January 28.

The GOES-East satellite is managed and operated by NOAA. This image was created by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

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  • Title: Satellite Shows an "Arctic Blanket" Over the U.S. [detail]
  • Date Created: 2017-12-08
  • Location: Greenbelt, MD
  • Rights: GSFC
  • Album: ayoung

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