Did you lose power?

Last week, several NASA satellites watched a derecho form across the Eastern United States and knock out power to millions of people. Here’s satellite footage from the GOES-13 satellite.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjmUZq4I7M&w=560&h=315]

The Aqua satellite with its Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument recorded the storm, which was over 100 miles wide with winds over 90 mph. The derecho winds stay straight, instead of twisting as a tornado does. The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite (not to be confused with SUMI) captured these before and after images of the mid-Atlantic states. You can see a lot of small towns in Virginia and West Virginia without power and much dimmer lights in the DC area, particularly in the northwest.


After – June 30

I guess I’m surprised by the large number of people still without power. Must be heavy and widespread damage.

6 thoughts on “Did you lose power?”

  1. If you look at the blob of light that says Richmond we are 33 miles SSE of there. We lost power Friday night for about 9 hours but the whole house generator kicked in and we AC and lights. Richmond got nailed that afternoon….some without power even this AM.

    We were hit by an even worse storm on Saturday night not related to the deracho which caused further damage and disrupted attempts to restore power.

    So it was the double whammy which caused the problems. And because the damage was so widespread (over so many states) utility crews can not be called on from nearby uneffected areas since everyone is effected. It is normal to see convoys of utility and bucket trucks going up and down I-95 after a hurricane, ice storm, etc. None of that after this storm.

    1. Hey Buck, that’s near my old stomping grounds! My parents still live in Chester.

  2. Hmm. I guess that explains why I came home that night and saw the power had been off. By the (reset) clock it had come back on about 5:00pm. Don’t know how long it was out. I’m in southwest Ohio.

  3. Mike,

    Yup down in Prince George. What part of Chester do they live in? Did you go to Thomas Dale?


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