See The United States' 'Freezer Burn' From Space
The most compelling image (above), as captured on Feb 19 (11 AM EST) by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite shows northeastern states shrouded in a pale frost of what is actually countless snowy landscapes. It goes to show just how much snow was actually dumped on this quarter of the country.
Rain normally would have cleared a good portion of the snow banks built up following Juno, but cold snaps - periods of excessively cold-but-dry weather - allowed the snow to persevere for days, if not weeks, and be built upon by smaller storms.
These weather conditions also led to some record-breaking low temperatures, according to the NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC).
"There were widespread subzero overnight lows Thursday night (Feb. 19) extending from Illinois to western Virginia, and numerous record lows were set. Bitterly-cold arctic air is setting numerous temperature records across the eastern US and will keep temperatures well below normal on Friday," the agency noted.
In Baltimore and Maryland alone, a low of 1 degrees Fahrenheit broke their record coldest mornings recorded. Then In Louisville, Kentucky, temperatures dropped to -6 degrees F, shattering the old record low of zero, as reported by NASA via meteorologist Brian Goode of WAVE-TV.
North Carolina also dropped 6 degrees below its previous record low of 13 degrees F, set more than a century ago.
And even if all East Coast regions didn't see record-breaking lows, they certainly saw some of the worst. News even spread of cars leaving seemingly impossible "ice-impressions" of their front grills after pulling out of parking spots. It is thought these amazing formations occurred only after rain or snowmelt was flash frozen as it poured across car fronts.
Still, it's important to note that this deep chill may be over. The NOAA observed that thanks to changing wind and precipitation patterns, this weekend into next week should see temperature more constant with the February average.
For more great nature science stories and general news, please visit our sister site, Headlines and Global News (HNGN).
- follow Brian on Twitter @BS_ButNoBS.