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Gulf Coast Snow

Gulf Coast Snow

A swath of snow covered parts of the Deep South on the morning of February 13, 2010. A storm moved from Texas across the southern United States to the Atlantic Ocean on February 12-13. By the time the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed over at 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time, the clouds over Alabama had cleared enough to reveal a strip of snow in the storm’s path. As much as 6 to 15 inches of snow fell in the South, reported CNN.

The sight of snow along the U.S. Gulf Coast is unusual. After the storm passed on February 12, every U.S. state except Hawaii had snow on the ground, said the National Weather Service.

The highest resolution version of this image is provided above. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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