The Siberian Express has put a large portion of the United States in a “deep freeze,” and photos taken by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center show the full scale of the icy devastation. The NASA satellite photo was taken from 200 miles above earth and show the United States covered in a layer of deep ice.
According to NASA, the photo of the northeast portion of the United States was captured on Feb. 19 at 11:40 a.m. EST. The image was taken with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The Goddard Space Flight Center notes that it “looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer.”
The Weather Channel notes that this year’s Siberian Express was a record-breaker, with “at least 500 daily record lows have been broken during the storm.” In addition to the record breaking low temperatures, the freezing weather system also resulted in 22 deaths.
“The toll includes 11 people in Tennessee, six in Pennsylvania, two in Illinois and one each in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Several other deaths suspected of being related to the cold are still being investigated.”
Senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen says that this year’s “arctic outbreaks” have been the most intense in the 21st century.
“This week ranks among the most intense arctic outbreaks so far in the 21st century for the eastern U.S., and it is certainly one of the most impressively cold air masses we’ve seen this late in the winter season, coming only a month before the spring equinox.”
[Image Credits: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]