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Birth of monster blizzard seen from space

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The GOES-13 satellite snapped imagery of the two low pressure systems joining forces to slam the Northeast United States with heavy winds and snow. Observations were made between Feb. 7th and Feb. 9th, 2013.

By SPACE.com

A satellite in orbit captured the birth of the mega-snowstorm Saturday as the blizzard dumped feet of snow on New England and other parts of the Northeast.

The video of the snowstorm from space was recorded by the GOES-13 weather satellite from Thursday through early Saturday, as two low-pressure weather systems collided to form a single, giant nor'easter. According to NASA's GOES Project officials, "the two systems came together and created a blizzard of historic proportions in New England."

"On Feb. 9 at 4 a.m., hundreds of thousands of people were without power in Massachusetts alone," GOES Project officials wrote in a video description.

The snowstorm buried much of the Northeast in more than 2 feet of snow.

The GOES-13 satellite video shows the storm form over two days as a powerful Alberta Clipper system carrying cold Arctic air from Western Canada slammed into a low-pressure system that moved northward from the Gulf Coast in the south.  

GOES-13 is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees a fleet of Earth-watching satellites with NASA to monitor the planet's weather systems.

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