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Powerful March Nor'easter seen by GOES East

March 5, 2018
Image of a storm over New England

NOAA's GOES East satellite captured this dramatic image of last week's powerful nor'easter that brought gale-force winds, rain and snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on March 2, 2018. The strong late-winter storm caused significant coastal flooding in New England and lashed many areas with dangerously high winds. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center reported widespread hurricane-force winds (of at least 74 mph) in six states. Peak wind gusts exceeded 70 mph in the Washington, D.C. area and reached as high as 93 mph in eastern Massachusetts. Meanwhile, parts of upstate New York received more than two feet of snow.

The storm was responsible for seven deaths and caused more than two million power outages, according to media reports.

This geocolor enhanced imagery was created by NOAA's partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. The GOES East satellite, also known as GOES-16, provides geostationary satellite coverage of the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. First launched in late 2016, the satellite became fully operational in December 2017.