These before and after images from NASA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. And show the power outages in the clear skies over Washington, DC. Also Baltimore that occurred as a result of a rare. And fast-moving thunderstorm system on Friday, June 29th.
Extensive power outages in Washington, DC and Baltimore are visible in these images. Therefore Clouds obscure the lights of Philadelphia and other areas north and east of Baltimore. Also of particular interest is the loss of light to the north and west of Washington, DC. And along the 270 and 66 interstate highways and Maryland route 267.
Known as a “derecho,” the storm combined intense lightning and rain with hurricane-force winds that were upwards of 60 miles per hour (~96.5 kilometers per hour). It killed 22 people and caused some 4.3 million households to lose power for days.
These images were taken with the day/night band of S-NPP’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). Suomi NPP was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 28th, 2011 and is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon using data from the NASA/NOAA satellite S-NPP. Caption by Aries Keck.