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'Snowtober': Earth Image of the Week November 4, 2011
Satellite image of northeastern U.S. and Canada.
The October snowstorm was blamed for at least 20 deaths, including one in Canada. Most were caused by falling trees, traffic accidents or electrocutions from downed power lines.
The first October snowfall on record fell in some communities in the northeastern United States, where heavy, wet snow brought down trees and power lines on Saturday and Sunday.

Snowfall blanketed a wide area from West Virginia’s Smoky Mountains to Maine and Canada’s Maritime provinces.

More than 3 million homes were blacked out by the freak October snowstorm, which dumped less than an inch of snow in some places to a record 32 inches in the small Massachusetts town of Peru, in the Berkshire Mountains.

The snowstorm was exiting northern New England when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday.

The image to the right, captured by the satellite's MODIS instrument, shows the vast coverage of the snow across the region.

While clouds can be seen over parts of northern New England, central and western New York and western Pennsylvania, most of the remaining areas of white are reflected snow on the ground.

Just under 3 inches of heavy, wet snow in New York’s Central Park brought down thousands of branches and could force park officials to cut down about 1,000 affected trees.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says that utility damage from the weekend snowstorm was worse than that caused by Hurricane Irene earlier this year.

Image: NASA MODIS Rapid Response System