NASA technology has once again provided amazing photos of Mother Nature.
In the first week of January, a snowy nor’easter barreled up the East Coast. The storm was technically called a “bomb cyclone,” an intimidating but scientific name given to a particular breed of storm which strengthens quickly and often include strong winds and heavy rainfall. The storm hit Florida and the Southeast on Jan. 3, then South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey on Jan. 4, according to NASA.
It was so large that it was clearly visible from space, and NASA used its satellites to take awe-inspiring images.
NASA also took impressive shots of a particularly freezing winter falling on Savannah, Lake Michigan, across the northern plains and eastern seaboard.
With the bomb cyclone, pictured above from space, the clouds stretch thousands of miles, running from the Caribbean all the way up to New England. Snow fell in Tallahassee, Fla., for the first time in three decades. Ocean City, Maryland, reported three foot drifts of snow. (Image: NOAA/CIRA)
A photo of bomb cyclone by night was taken at 1:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 4, 2018. In the image below, light is shining down on the clouds from the moon and up on the clouds from cities below. (Image: NASA/NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership)
Beyond the northeast, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport got 1.2 inches of snow. It’s the most the southern city has had since 3.2 inches fell in 1982.
Lake Michigan, below, was captured on December 31, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite, which circles the Earth every one to two days. It shows a “mesovortex” — a smaller, intense rotational component to a storm — especially well.
NASA also captured snow fall across the northern plains on Jan. 1 from winter storm Frankie, covering parts of Canada and sections of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. (Image: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC)
On Jan. 7, NASA captured snow fall and sea ice from North Carolina to New England, as frigid temperatures continued along the eastern seaboard. Temperatures were -20°F in Burlington, Vermont; -11°F in Portland, Maine; -2°F in Boston, Massachusetts; -9°F in Hartford, Connecticut; 2°F in Wilmington, Delaware; 1°F in Baltimore, Maryland; and 4°F in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to National Weather Service as reported by NASA. (Image: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC)
Peter Dinklage & Morgan Freeman to Face Off in Super Bowl Commercial
PepsiCo has announced its two brands, Doritos and Mountain Dew, will air a 60-second spot together for the Super Bowl, a first for the parent company. PepsiCo has a released a teaser trailer in anticipation of the spot, where it features actors Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage as the stars of the upcoming ad.
The ad will focus on two new products from the respective brands, spicy Doritos Blaze and a lemon-lime Moutain Dew Ice. “This is a great example of the power of PepsiCo’s food and beverage portfolio coming to life for consumers on one of the world’s largest stages. Doritos and Mountain Dew go perfectly together, and both brands have passionate fan bases. We think consumers will love Doritos Blaze and MTN DEW ICE, as well as this engaging Super Bowl ad,” Al Carey, chief executive officer, PepsiCo North America, said in a statement. Check out the teaser for the upcoming Super Bowl spot above and share your thoughts in the comments below.
mastermind JAPAN & SearchNDesign Team Up for "Ghost Sox"
mastermind JAPAN joins forces with Italian footwear imprint SearchNDesign for a special drop, centering around a unique silhouette dubbed the “Ghost Sox.”
The “Ghost Sox,” named for the removable neoprene sock inside the shoe, blend Japanese heritage with progressive sneaker design; the inner sock can be removed and worn when entering a house. Italian vegetable-tanned leather uppers feature minute holes on the toe for breathability, gold eyelets and a lace-crossing strap for foot support. A zipper on the heel of the sneaker eases wearability and tonal laces, matching the red, black and white colorways, keep the shoe looking clean. mastermind’s iconic skull logo appears on the outside heel and tongue of the sneakers, while the insoles feature co-branding.
Look for the sneakers to drop alongside a matching hoodie and T-shirt on February 1 for €1,217 EUR, or approximately $1,490 USD on SearchNDestroy’s website. For more Italian leather sneakers, check out Vans Vault’s latest Old Skool pack.
Travel: The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn
Up until a couple of years ago, finding a descent hotel in Williamsburg was pretty tough. There was of course always The Wythe leading the charge opening in 2012, but over the past year, North Brooklyn has welcomed a couple new hotels all within walking distance of each other. The latest is the aptly named Williamsburg Hotel.
Located in North Brooklyn, in possibly the easiest location to get in and out of Manhattan, the hotel features 150 guest rooms spanning the eight-story brick, Corten steel, and glass structure, elegantly designed by London design firm Michaelis Boyd Studio (Soho House Berlin & Babington House) to pay homage to Williamsburg’s industrial past.
In addition to the usual comforts of hotel living, The Williamsburg will offers up its own vegetable focused restaurant – Harvey, as well as rooftop pool and lounge, an expansive grand ballroom and three distinct bars, one of which is housed inside a retrofitted water tower, how very Brooklyn of them. Hotel guests can also borrow one of their custom bikes, or hitch a ride on their adorable pink Tuk-Tuk.
While much of the amenities weren’t ready when we stayed here earlier this month, the hotel it self was quite impressive to say the least. Housing five different room-types, we had the opportunity to stay in one of their Queen rooms, which featured floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony with a view of Brooklyn and Manhattan (somewhat of a rarity in NYC), and a rather impressive bathroom. Complete with classic white marble and Waterworks brass hardware, the bathroom featured toiletries by Brooklyn based brand Apotheke you’ll definitely want to pocket before you leave.
While much of the food and beverage program is still to come, we highly recommend pulling up a seat at the bar for a cocktail on your next visit and look forward to heading back again soon.
Flip through some of our photos from our stay below now and click here for more information on The Williamsburg Hotel.
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