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Satellites Show Sandy Clobbering East Coast

/ Source: OurAmazingPlanet

All of NASA's electronic eyes in space seem trained on Hurricane Sandy's march across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured a visible image of post-tropical cyclone Sandy rolling overland this morning (Oct. 30) at 6:02 a.m. EDT. The powerful storm lost its hurricane status on Monday as its source of power shifted from warm ocean waters and air to interacting with a cold front along the coastline.

A nighttime view of Sandy was acquired (Oct. 30) by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite around 3:35 a.m. EDT. The cloud tops were illuminated by the full moon.

The Suomi NPP satellite also snapped an image of Hurricane Sandy Monday night, just before the hurricane came ashore. Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. EDT on Oct. 29, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of Atlantic City, N.J.

The effects of Sandy's winds appear to reach across the entire East Coast in a screenshot from an animated map by artists/technologists Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. The map animation captured Sandy advancing north this morning (Oct. 30). The artists lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass., according to their website.

A NOAA GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared image was captured as the storm hit New Jersey. Infrared images help forecasters predict storm intensity overnight, providing information on the strength and direction of hurricanes and other storms.

The National Hurricane Center said that as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sandy was moving westward across Pennsylvania and was centered about 90 miles (145 km) west of Philadelphia. The NHC predicts the storm will move north into New York state.

Though the storm has weakened, Sandy is still dangerous ­­— expect sustained 80-mph winds (130 kph) along with heavy rainfall, surge and coastal and inland flooding as the storm continues to move inland, said a NASA statement.

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