Major Winter Storm Takes Aim at Central U.S.

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    NASA image release January 31, 2011

    This visible image was captured by the GOES-13 satellite and shows the low pressure area bringing snowfall to the Midwest Jan. 31, 2011. Heavy snow is expected today in portions of northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Snowfall from the system extends from Michigan west to Montana, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. A mix of rain and snow also stretches into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and it is all moving east. This system appears to be as large as 1/3rd of the Continental U.S. The image was created on Jan. 31 at 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 UTC) by the NASA GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The GOES series of satellites are operated by NOAA.

    Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

    Text Credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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    1. Marmiegal 39 months ago | reply

      How did you take this?

    2. LizLikesTheVu 39 months ago | reply

      Looks like the new North America in the movie The Day After Tomorrow. What isn't NWS telling us? :)

    3. ebone13 39 months ago | reply

      Holy Sh*t!!! It's Snowmageddon!!!!

    4. velaminz 39 months ago | reply

      Look at Florida sticking out from the bottom. That's where I need to be.

    5. Chungking Express 39 months ago | reply

      Nice storm. Almost as big as the big cyclone that blew through a few months ago.

      Gotta love the heavy weather. :)

      (I can say that because I live in an area where the odds of a hurricane are exactly zero. ;)

    6. artistwoman 39 months ago | reply

      Chicago area is expecting nearly two feet by Wednesday night, Rockford only a foot, but they could be wrong....

    7. april.chavez1 39 months ago | reply

      Wow! Global warming ! Lol

    8. CBrown519 39 months ago | reply

      @Marmiegal: Really?!? Did you bother to read the above paragraph? No??? Well let me help out: They used a 1975 Polaroid Insta-matic camera while jumping up and down on a really big pogostick.

    9. NASA Goddard Photo and Video 39 months ago | reply

      It was captured by a satellite built by NASA. You can read more about it here: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GOES-O/main/index.html

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