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Images: World's Snow Cover Seen from Space

Berlin, Buried


(Image credit: ESA.)

This wintery image captures the German capital city of Berlin surrounded by snow.

Berlin lies in northeastern Germany, in the wide glacial valley of the Spree River, which can be seen in the image flowing east to west through the city.

Berlin's three airports can be seen in the image: Tegel airport, which is the long thin structure to the northwest of the center; the old Tempelhof airport is the large hexagonal structure just south of the city; and the new Brandenburg International, which is being developed on the site of Schönefeld airport and set to replace the three old airports, lies to the southwest covered by snow.

Snow Plains


(Image credit: NASA.)

The signature of the snowstorm that swept across Oklahoma and Texas last week, leaving much shoveling to be done before yesterday's Super Bowl, is still evident in satellite images that bear the unmistakable white of snow on the ground.

The snow that fell through much of Texas -- even as far south as El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico across the border -- was part of a monster winter storm that affected people from the Rockies to New England.

The rare Texas snowfall was followed by unusually frigid temperatures in the state, as a pocket of Arctic air pushed southward. The cold temperatures came just in time for the Super Bowl , held last night in Dallas.

Panoramic Snow


(Image credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project.)

In early February, 30 U.S. states were affected by a massive winter storm that plowed over the country. NASA satellites captured the aftermath of the whopper storm with a panorama of snow on the ground across the country.

Southern Snow...Again.


(Image credit: NASA.)

The icy fingers of winter 2010-11 reached down into the south central United States for the second time in a week during February, breaking many local records for snowfall in a month that was only 10 days old.

Snowfall totals topped 20 inches (50 centimeters) in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, according to a NASA statement, just one week after a Groundhog Day storm coated the region with several inches.

Meanwhile, temperatures dropped into the single digits in the American Plains and in Colorado. The storms moved east to dump more snow, ice and rain in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Snowy Koreas


(Image credit: NASA)

NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of snowfall across the Korean peninsula on Feb. 15, 2011.

South Korea's east coast struggled to dig out from the heaviest snowfall in more than a century, according to a NASA statement. The South Korean government deployed 12,000 soldiers to assist and rescue residents and stranded motorists.

Agence France-Presse reported that the port city of Samcheok recorded 39 inches (100 centimeters) of snowfall on Feb. 11 and 12 the heaviest snowfall amount since recordkeeping began in 1911.

In the west, Seoul, South Korea's capital, escaped heavy snow, although the Han River froze over for the first time in years, according to the BBC.

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