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For Thanksgiving Travelers, Stormy Weather Ahead on US Coasts (Satellite Photo)

Satellite View of Thanksgiving Storms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite captured this visible-light image of storm systems on the U.S. East and West coasts on Nov. 22, 2017. (Image credit: NOAA/UWM-CIMSS)

Foul weather could make Thanksgiving travel rough for a lot of folks, a new satellite photo shows.

The visible-light image, which was captured this morning (Nov. 22) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite, shows storm systems swirling around both the East and West coasts of the United States.

"In the northeastern U.S., clouds associated with a cold front were covering the New England states in the image," NASA officials wrote in a description of the photo. (NASA is a key partner on the GOES program, whose name is short for "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.")

"Clouds associated with a system in the Pacific Northwest were seen over Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Colorado," the officials added. "Pre-Thanksgiving travelers in the northern Plains and Upper Great Lakes will experience arctic air that is expected to bring periods of snow, blustery winds and cold wind chills."

For up-to-date- weather information, check out the National Weather Service's website. Safe travels, and happy Thanksgiving!

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Mike Wall
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.