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Remember That May Day Snow? See It From Space

Many Coloradoans woke up May 1st to find heavy, wet snow had blanketed the Front Range. If the view from their window made them grumble, here's what it looked like from space.

The above images are courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory. In what started out as a dry winter for Colorado, a few late season snow storms had done a lot of work in relieving the snow pack. Many thought those late storms were over as the calendar rolled over into May. Mother Nature proved otherwise.

It provoked quite a reaction on social media across the state, made for some cool photography, and helped out with the drought - but not for everyone.

As the NASA Earth Observatory writes:

A May Day snowstorm deposited snow from Colorado to Minnesota, likely toppling single-day snowfall records in multiple states, Capital Weather Gang reported. Some parts of Colorado and Wyoming received more than a foot of snow, including 16 inches (40 centimeters) of snow in Ft. Collins, and just over 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in Boulder. The snowfall total in Boulder was a record for the date and possibly the largest May snowfall for that city since 1978.

These satellite photos were captured by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite, you can download a high resolution image from May 2nd or the high res photo from April 27 at the NASA Earth Observatory.

H/T to @NASA_EO on Twitter.

I’m not a Colorado native (did you know that "I'm from Missouri" means "I'm skeptical of the matter and not easily convinced?") but I have lived here for most of my life and couldn't imagine leaving. After graduating from Colorado State University, I did what everyone wants to do; I moved to the mountains and skied, hiked, and hid from responsibility! Our listeners in the mountains may know me from my time in Steamboat Springs and Vail or as the voice of the Battle Mountain Huskies Hockey team in Vail.
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