Here's What Two Nor'easters in Five Days Looks Like From Space

March 7, 2018

Two nor'easters have struck the Eastern Seaboard in a span of five days, giving meteorologists a bit of déjà vu when looking at satellite imagery.

The side-by-side satellite images below were taken exactly five days apart. Quinn's image on the left is from Wednesday at 3 p.m., while Riley's on the right is from 3 p.m. last Friday.

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Satellite imagery of Winter Storm Quinn (left) and Winter Storm Riley (right) at 3 p.m. ET on March 7 and March 2, respectively.

Both nor'easters have the classic comma-shaped appearance typically seen in satellite imagery when these powerful storms develop.

Riley was a more intense and larger storm compared to Quinn, which is a notable difference in the satellite image comparison.

All nor'easters are unique in the impacts they produce in any one location, even though they can look similar.

Riley's legacy is serious coastal flooding, particularly in Massachusetts, and damaging winds that knocked out power to more than 2 million.

Heavier snow has occurred in Quinn near the highly-populated Interstate 95 corridor when compared to Riley. Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour were observed in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon.

Riley's heaviest snow was in upstate New York, where up to 40 inches piled up in Richmondville.

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