This image was captured on January 31st by the GOES 13 weather satellite. It shows an eerie image of most of the northern half of the United States being enveloped by the recent super storm that overtook us in the last couple of days. I was really amazed at how similar this particular image looked to another image I had seen in the recent past.
The image to the left is the end shot of the Earth from the global disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow“. The science of the movie has been widely criticized as being so far-fetched as to be impossible for it to happen in that way. It is not my aim to re-hash all of that. I simply think it is interesting to note how similar these two pictures appear.
As the storm descended on us the past couple of days, it has been interesting to keep tabs on its progress, and the impact it has had on us through the social media. Facebook has been abuzz with stories of the “Snowpocalypse”. This is where social media really shines, as you really get the actual taste of situations like this as they spread out over the world. Often this is better information than what the “real” news provides. Much like the news, however, you need to check out all sources and filter it to gain a real picture of what is going on.
As the storm finished with us this morning, I was also drawn back to the movie. Much like that movie, the signs of the storm’s passing were similar. The winds calmed and the sun rose upon the white blanket of wind whipped snow it had left behind.
I suppose it is time to get out the shovel and put the keyboard away.
- NASA satellites capture data on monster winter storm affecting 30 U.S. states (sciencedaily.com)
- Just how big is the upcoming Midwest snow storm? Check out this NOAA satellite image! (gadling.com)
- Snowpocalypse Now: U.S. reacts to major winter storm (news.nationalpost.com)
- NASA satellites capture data on monster winter storm affecting 30 states (eurekalert.org)