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Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) Slams East Coast, USA – October 31st, 2012

40.4N 79.9W

October 31st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 30th, 2012

As of 11 a.m. EDT (01500 UTC) October 30, Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) is located near 40.5°N 77.0°W, about 120 miles (190 km) ESE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and about 145 miles (233 km) west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph (72 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 983 mbar (hPa; 29.00 inHg), and the system is moving west at 10 mph (16 km/h).

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with its winds stretching about 1,100 miles from end to end. About 8 million customers have no electricity spread over 18 states from Maine to Virginia as of midday October 30. About half were in New York and New Jersey. More than 13,000 flights were canceled across the U.S. on October 29, and more than 3,500 were called off October 30. Sandy crippled 25% of wireless cell towers and a quarter of cable services in 10 states. Storm damage was projected at $30 billion to $50 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. As of October 30, 39 deaths have been reported in the U.S.

Copper-colored Sediments in Bay of Fundy, Canada – April 24th, 2012

44.8N 66.7W

April 24th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Canada - April 14th, 2012

Striking copper-colored sediments can be observed in the Bay of Fundy, on the Atlantic coast of North America. The gulf is located on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine. The bay is famous for having the highest tidal range in the world. Here, the copper-colored sediments are most concentrated in two inlets: Cobequid Bay (right) and Cognecto Bay (left).

Sediments in Bay of Fundy and Snow Across Parts of Canada and the USA

45.8N 68.2W

April 1st, 2011 Category: Sediments

Canada - March 30th, 2011

Parts of the northeastern USA, including states such as Maine, New Hamshire and Vermont, and parts of the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, are dusted with snow in this early spring image.

Other areas, such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and most of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, are snow-free. Sediments can be seen along the coastline between Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, although most are concentrated in the Bay of Fundy to the north.

Sebago Lake and Penobscot Bay in Maine, USA

44.1N 68.9W

April 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - March 5th, 2010

Canada - March 5th, 2010

Sebago Lake (lower left quadrant) is the deepest and second largest lake in the USA state of Maine, in Cumberland County. The lake is 316 feet (96 m) deep at its deepest point, with a mean depth of 101 feet (31 m), covers about 45 square miles (117 km2) in surface area, and has a length of 12 miles (19 km) and a shoreline length of 105 miles (169 km). The surface is around 270 feet (82 m) above sea level, so the deep bottom is below the present sea level.

Moving to the east towards Canada, following the condensation trails that run parallel to the shoreline, one comes to Penobscot Bay, Maine. Named after the major river that feeds it, this bay area forms part of the traditional homeland of the Wabanaki Indians, in particular the Penobscot tribe (also named after this river).

Snowfall over New England, USA

March 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

A huge snowstorm that hit the east coast of the USA a few days ago, covering states from Arkansas to Georgia and all the way up the coast to Maine.

A previous article examined the white swath coating the southeastern and mid-atlantic states. This image, on the other hand, focuses on the New England area, including the states of (from South to North) Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Continuing northward, parts of Nova Scotia (center), New Brunswick (peninsula) and Quebec are also  snowcovered. Parts of the Saint Lawrence River (top left) are iced over.

Offshore, from the hook of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Bay to Halifax in Nova Scotia, clouds form streaked patterns in the atmosphere.