Big, Icy Marble Space Photo Shows Arctic Chill Blanketing Turtle Island
We knew it was cold. But just how cold we are can now be seen from space.
For the second time this winter, Arctic air has descended as far south as the southern states. NASA’s GOES Project satellite caught this shot of the United States and Canada in deep freeze, as seen from space. From out there, the white mixture of snow and clouds melds into a single visual: what NASA has dubbed an Arctic blanket.
The image, taken at 9:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 28, was created by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and posted on the center’s Flickr page.
It’s reminiscent of the images of the Big Blue Marble put together during warmer times.
The states along the Gulf of Mexico from southern Louisiana and all the way north to the Carolinas on the East Coast are at the southern edge of the Arctic air, NASA noted. The Southeastern states are seeing temperatures in the 20s, with wind chills in the single and negative numbers. The "Arctic Blanket," which is what NASA dubbed the new look, is covering Turtle Island at the top left of the globe in the photo above, which earned status as Image of the Day from Earthsky.org.
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