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Early Season Snowfall

An early-season snow storm gave several states in the Northeast United States a white blanket in mid-November. On November 14, 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured the remains of the storm spread mostly in a horizontal band across (west to northeast) north-central Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. From Massachusetts, the snow cover creeps into the southernmost corners of Vermont and New Hampshire. Other interesting geographic features in the scene are Lake Ontario at left center edge and the narrow Finger Lakes in New York. A large gray patch to the south of image center shows the location of the New York City metropolitan area.

Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC