What the Aftermath of the East Coast Snowstorm Looked Like From Space

Shaunacy Ferro

This week, most of America’s East Coast has been digging itself out from piles of snow (or getting entrepreneurial with its ice sculptures). The historic storm—which grounded planes, flooded coastal areas, and cut power for thousands of people—piled up to three feet of snow across the Eastern Seaboard last weekend, affecting tens of millions of people. And it looked impressive even from space. 

NASA’s Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this view of Washington D.C.—where most areas got blanketed with between 18 and 24 inches of snow—and the surrounding Chesapeake Bay region in the early afternoon of Sunday, January 24.

Here's a closer look at the center of D.C.:

Buried under all that snow in the nation’s capital? A lot of illegally parked cars. The city issued $1.3 million worth of fines to almost 5500 vehicles parked along emergency snow routes, which are supposed to remain clear during snowstorms to speed up the snow removal process and to allow emergency vehicles to get through. 

All images courtesy USGS/NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens/Mike Carlowicz