While astronaut Scott Kelly’s homeland of east coast United States was getting ravaged by superstorm Jonas, he watched it from over 400 kilometers (250 miles) above on the International Space Station. The opportunity proved perfect for his daily image uploads to Twitter and Instagram.
He also used one of the images to announce he’s started up a personal Tumblr as another platform to show off his beautiful images. In his first Tumblr post, Kelly wrote:
“The recent blizzard was remarkably visible from space. I took several photos of the first big storm system on Earth of year 2016 as it moved across the East Coast, Chicago and Washington D.C.
“Since my time here on the space station began in March 2015, I’ve been able to capture an array of storms on Earth and in space, ranging from hurricanes and dust storms to solar storms and most recently a rare thunder snowstorm.”
As you can tell from the photographs, below, this storm was no joke. The blizzard raged from head to toe of the United State’s east coast, from the northeastern region of New England down to areas on the Gulf Coast. The capital Washington endured over 56 centimeters (22 inches) of snow, while New York’s Central Park received a near-record breaking 68 centimeters (26 inches). The snowstorm has had at least 42 deaths attributed to it so far.
Just joined @Tumblr from space! #Blizzard2016 inspired 1st post: Chasing Storms https://t.co/MlSuel3pfU #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/kPEAfs07IW
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 25, 2016
Day 302. #Blizzard2016 gave us an impressive view below. Stay warm! #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/ioNOqdYDCP
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 24, 2016
As #blizzard2016 passes over #Chicago, the #EastCoast seen in distance clearly has a long way to go. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/qMrkTXo9ie
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 23, 2016