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Satellite images of New Zealand snapped right now looks rather impressive as parts of the country are layered in snow.

UPDATE: Latest satellite images of New Zealand from NOAA are available here and a nice NASA image showing the weather pattern responsible for the snowfall is available here (H/T Sciblogger Chris McDowall and Scilbogs reader Ross Petherick).

Credit: NOAA/Landcare Research

Credit: NOAA/Landcare Research

These images of the US and the United Kingdom taken from space during last winter in the north are certainly impressive. Here are some of them…

The US monster winter storm

A massive winter storm affecting 30 states from Texas and the Rockies to New England blasted the US with snow, sleet and freezing rain in January. NASA satellites captured images of the storm systems and the snowbound country.

Three images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite were combined to create this image of the storm system. The images were captured on Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 1:45 p.m. ET (15:30, 17:05, and 18:45 UTC). Diagonal lines across the image show the boundaries between the overpasses. White gaps are areas where the sensor did not collect data. The image has a resolution of one kilometer per pixel. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Three images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite were combined to create this image of the storm system. The images were captured on Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 1:45 p.m. ET (15:30, 17:05, and 18:45 UTC). Diagonal lines across the image show the boundaries between the overpasses. White gaps are areas where the sensor did not collect data. The image has a resolution of one kilometer per pixel. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

This NASA satellite image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft, taken Jan. 31, 2011 at 18:47 UTC (1:47 p.m. EST), shows the early stages of a developing storm in the plains and Midwestern states. This image highlights a preponderance of cold air in Canada and the northern US (green and blue colors). Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

This NASA satellite image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft, taken Jan. 31, 2011 at 18:47 UTC (1:47 p.m. EST), shows the early stages of a developing storm in the plains and Midwestern states. This image highlights a preponderance of cold air in Canada and the northern US (green and blue colors). Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

This visible image was captured by the GOES-13 satellite and shows the low pressure area stretching from the Colorado Rockies and Texas east to New England. The image shows the storm on Feb. 1 at 1401 UTC (9:01 a.m. EST) by the NASA GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The GOES series of satellites are operated by NOAA.  Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

This visible image was captured by the GOES-13 satellite and shows the low pressure area stretching from the Colorado Rockies and Texas east to New England. The image shows the storm on Feb. 1 at 1401 UTC (9:01 a.m. EST) by the NASA GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The GOES series of satellites are operated by NOAA. Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

The UK’s icy winter blast

European Space Agency satellite instruments observed the the icy blast in the UK from their vantage points in space last November and December.

Leicester scientists used two instruments, MERIS and AATSR, which returned stunning images of a snow-bound UK from observations on November 29th and December 1st.

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by MERIS on Nov. 29.  Credit: MERIS 29 November 2010. Credit: MERIS data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by MERIS on Nov. 29. Credit: MERIS 29 November 2010. Credit: MERIS data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by AATSR on Dec. 1.  Credit: AATSR 01 December 2010. Credit: AATSR data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by AATSR on Dec. 1. Credit: AATSR 01 December 2010. Credit: AATSR data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by MERIS on Dec. 1.  Credit: MERIS 01 December 2010. Credit: MERIS data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

This is an image of snow-bound UK from space by MERIS on Dec. 1. Credit: MERIS 01 December 2010. Credit: MERIS data @ ESA, and University of Leicester

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