Sandy remnants move inland
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the remnants of Hurricane Sandy around 3:13 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (7:13 Universal Time) on 31 October.
This image is from the "day-night band" on VIIRS, which detects light wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The Moon lit the tops of the clouds.
Remnants of Hurricane Sandy moved inland in the early morning hours of 31 October 2012. As the centre of the system passed Pennsylvania, its maximum sustained winds were 40 miles (64 kilometres) per hour.
Sandy's clouds stretched from Hudson Bay to Chicago and Washington. Clusters of lights gave away the locations of some cities throughout the region; but along the East Coast, clouds mostly obscured the lights, many of which were blacked out due to the storm. On 31 October, the Wall Street Journal reported that several million customers in multiple states were without electricity.
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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using VIIRS Day-Night Band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense.