Bomb cyclone strikes the Upper Midwest -

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a “bomb cyclone” that struck the upper midwestern United States in April.

The storm hit several states with more than 12 inches of snow, and wind gusts that were in excess of 50 miles per hour.

According to news reports, whiteout conditions caused tens of thousands of homes to lose power and grounded hundreds of flights.

With more than 24 inches of snow falling across much of the state, South Dakota was one of the hardest hit.

This image was captured on April 13, 2019 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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