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News: Canada Snow Storm

Snowfall over New Brunswick

Areas in New Brunswick, Canada braced for additional snow on February 28, 2011 as a moist low pressure moved along the Atlantic coast. CloudSat overpassed the area at 1740 UTC detailing the width swath of precipitation falling over the area. Cloud tops are shallow as most of the precipitation is snow over the land areas but over the ocean some of precipitation is falling as rain, the freezing level (or melting layer) is distinguishable along the southern section as the snow changes to rain.

The CloudSat cloud classification (2B-CLD-CLASS) product identifies most of the clouds as nimbostratus. Nimbostratus clouds are low level clouds accompanied by light to moderate precipitation. The heavier areas of snowfall appear as deeper colors of red in the radar reflectivity (2B-GEOPROF). The storm brought around 20cm (7.9inches) of snowfall to the area.



Created and edited by Natalie D. Tourville - March 2, 2011.