An unusual late-season nor’easter storm produced heavy rainfall (as much as 6.14 inches at Whiting, Maine) and heavy snow (as much as 13.4 inches at Mount Mansfield in Vermont and 34 inches at Whiteface Mountain, New York) during the 24 May – 26 May 2013 period. Suomi NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day/Night Band images on May 26, 2013 showed cloud features associated with the storm as it was centered just off the coast of Maine. Strong northerly/northwesterly winds along the back side of the storm produced bands of clouds over parts of Vermont and New York. This example helps to highlight the “visible image at night” capability of the VIIRS Day/Night Band (given ample illumination by moonlight). JPSS instruments provide invaluable data for understanding storms and making forecasts up to five to seven days in advance of a severe weather event.
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