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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Coastal storm engulfs New England

By Jason Samenow

* PM Update: Windy through tomorrow | Pumpkins survive weather *

Satellite image of classic Nor'easter at 1:45 p.m. Source: NOAA.

The stunning image from space above is a textbook case of a mature mid-latitude coastal storm. A classic comma head surrounds the low pressure center positioned just east of Maine. Underneath the comma head, heavy rain and mountain snows (e.g. Stowe, Vermont, Mt. Washington, NH and Lake Placid, NY) impact the interior Northeast and New England.

Adjacent to the low, a clearly defined frontal zone extends eastward into the Atlantic ocean and then wraps back around to the southwest all the way into the Bahamas.

Simply put, a massive but beautiful storm.

By Jason Samenow  | October 15, 2010; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Photography, U.S. Weather  
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Ah, hopefully a preview of what's coming :)

Posted by: AdmiralX | October 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

great satellite image! thanks for including the explanatory links.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | October 15, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

AdmiralX - do you like Nor'easter storms? or.. snow?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Looks as though the general Miller "B" coastal pattern expected this winter is setting up. Will be interested in seeing whether CAD [cold-air damming] and general storm tracks near Elkins, WV set up as predicted to give us several messy mix-to-rain events here starting in about six weeks.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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