Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM ET
A satellite in orbit captured the birth of the mega-snowstorm Saturday as the blizzard dumped feet of snow on New England and other parts of the Northeast.
The video of the snowstorm from space was recorded by the GOES-13 weather satellite from Thursday through early Saturday, as two low-pressure weather systems collided to form a single, giant nor'easter. According to NASA's GOES Project officials, "the two systems came together and created a blizzard of historic proportions in New England."
"On Feb. 9 at 4 a.m., hundreds of thousands of people were without power in Massachusetts alone," GOES Project officials wrote in a video description.
The snowstorm buried much of the Northeast in more than 2 feet of snow.
The GOES-13 satellite video shows the storm form over two days as a powerful Alberta Clipper system carrying cold Arctic air from Western Canada slammed into a low-pressure system that moved northward from the Gulf Coast in the south.
GOES-13 is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees a fleet of Earth-watching satellites with NASA to monitor the planet's weather systems.