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6 images of blizzards taken from space

Jan. 26, 2012, 8:41 a.m.
2005 Eastern Europe blizzard

Photo: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team

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February 2005: Eastern Europe

Here we see a snowy Europe on Feb. 28, 2005, as imaged by the MODIS Rapid Response team from NASA’s Terra satellite. It shows the Balkans, where a state of emergency was declared after several winter blizzards. We can also see the Czech Republic and Austria, which also received hefty amounts of snow. This image was created using both short-wave infrared and visible light. As NASA describes it, “The resulting combination makes the snow appear red, plant-covered areas look blue-green, and clouds appear white and light orange.”