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VIIRS Sees Severe Storms in the South

VIIRS Sees Severe Storms in the South

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this true-color image of the weather system that produced severe thunderstorms in Alabama and Georgia and at least two tornadoes on April 27, 2017. According to the National Weather Service, the storms packed strong winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, produced pea-sized hail, and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. The storms came six years to the day after one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history wreaked havoc in the South on April 27, 2011. In that event, storms claimed the lives of more than 300 people and caused an estimated $10 billion in damage.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory



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Weather History for April 29
 
1987
A storm off the southeast coast of Massachusetts blanketed southern New England with heavy snow. Totals of three inches at Boston MA, 11 inches at Milton MA, and 17 inches at Worcester MA, were records for so late in the season. Princeton MA was buried under 25 inches of snow. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

1988
Thunderstorms produced large hail and high winds in central Texas. Baseball size hail was reported at Nixon, and wind gusts to 70 mph were reported at Cotulla. Heavy rain in Maine caused flooding along the Pemigewassett and Ammonoosuc Rivers. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

 
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