Massive storm spans Atlantic Ocean, coast to coast

NASA
Posted March 30, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.
Last modified March 30, 2013, at 7:41 a.m.
Ocean Prediction Center

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a storm this big before.

The storm shown here stretches west to east from Newfoundland to Portugal. Its southern tail (cold front) extends into the Caribbean and the north side of its comma head touches southern Greenland.

Not only is it big, but it’s also super intense – comparable to many category 3 hurricanes.  The storm’s central pressure, as analyzed by the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center, is 953 mb. Estimated peak wave heights are around 25-30 feet.

The storm is forecast to remain more or less stationary over the next few days before substantially weakening and then eventually drifting into western Europe in about a week as a rather ordinary weather system.

This is the same weather system that brought a massive spring blizzard to much of the United States and Canada earlier this week, (44 of 50 states had some snow on the ground), and which has now ballooned in size

 

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