Back-to-Back Winter Storms

Soon after a nor’easter ripped through the Northeast US, another strong mid-latitude cyclone was set to rip through much of the Central and Eastern United States.

This system started out bringing numerous showers and storms to the Gulf Coast while also kicking up a lot of dust in West Texas.

While also bringing severe weather to the southeast, the powerful storm system also brought blizzard conditions to the Midwest, and strong winds and flooding to the Northeast US.

Quick on the heels of this system, a second mid-latitude cyclone approached from the west.

This storm setup, the the one just prior, brought severe weather to the southeast and strong winter weather to the Midwest. Temperatures plummeted to dangerously cold levels, and thundersnow was even seen in Chicago.

The frigid weather lasted until the weekend in the central Plains, where it lead to one of the coldest NFL games in history.

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Contributions by: Kim Erickson, Josh Reiter and Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Dangerous Cold Sets in Across Plains and Midwest

Description:

A broad view of the system helping user in dangerous cold across the United States.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Winter Weather

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Blizzard Conditions Grip the Midwest

Description:

As the winter storm dumps heavy snow across the Midwest states, accompanying strong wind gusts lead to blizzard conditions for many in the region.


Phenomena: Winter Weather Blizzard

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Thundersnow Strikes Chicago

Description:

Chicago, Illinois wakes up to a round of thundersnow as heavy snow move through the region.


Phenomena: Lightning Winter Weather Snowfall Thundersnow

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Storms Sweep Through Lower Mississippi Valley

Description:

Severe storms sweep through Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT) GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Dust Kicked Up Ahead of Developing Low Pressure System

Description:

Dust is kicked up in northern Mexico ahead of the developing low pressure system in the Southwestern United States.


Phenomena: Dust Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Incredible Evolution of High Impact Winter Storm

Description:

The full evolution of the powerful mid-latitude cyclone that barreled across the United States.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Winter Weather Blizzard

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Water Vapor (band 10)

Instrument: ABI

Mid-Latitude Cyclone Batters East with Heavy Rain and Wind

Description:

A powerful mid-latitude cyclone continues to batter the Eastern United States with strong winds and flooding rains.


Phenomena: Flooding Mid-latitude Cyclones Winter Weather

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT)

Instrument: ABI

Daytime Loop of Powerful Eastern US System

Description:

It has been an active day across much of the eastern half of the US as a large mid-latitude cyclone passes through.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Day Land Cloud

Instrument: ABI

Intense Lightning Strikes along Gulf Coast and Southeast US

Description:

Polar-orbiting satellites captured lighting from strong storms lighting up the night sky.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day/Night Band

Instrument: VIIRS

Severe Weather Sweeps Across the Southeast US

Description:

Severe weather sweeps across the Southeastern United States.


Phenomena: Cold Fronts Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Powerful Mid-Latitude Cyclone Barrels Across US

Description:

A powerful mid-latitude cyclone bringing far-reaching impacts, treks across the country.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Winter Weather Blizzard

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT)

Instrument: ABI

Wall of Storms March Across Southern United States

Description:

A lines of storms marched across the Southern United States, including several destructive tornadoes in the Florida Panhandle.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Tornadoes Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

High-Resolution Imagery of Evening Severe Weather

Description:

Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast become riddled with storms, producing all types of severe weather.


Phenomena: Cold Fronts Thunderstorms Hail Tornadoes Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI

Behemoth Storm System as Seen From Polar-Orbiting Satellites

Description:

From winter weather in the north to severe weather in the south, VIIRS satellites captured the strong dynamics of this storm system as it dominates the Central US.


Phenomena: Cold Fronts Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Infrared (band I5)

Instrument: VIIRS

Stunning View of Powerful System Taking Shape

Description:

A stunning satellite visual of the powerful storm system taking shape in the Central United States.


Phenomena: Dust Dust Storms Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Winter Weather Blizzard

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Blowing Dust in West Texas Behind Powerful Low

Description:

Strong winds pick up dust in western Texas.


Phenomena: Dust Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Storms Fire Up Along the Central Gulf Coast

Description:

Storms have begun to fire up along the central Gulf Coast.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

A Strong Winter Storm Develops Over the Southern Plains

Description:

A strong winter storm develops over the Central US. This system is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the southern plains and severe weather to the central Gulf Coast.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT)

Instrument: ABI