Nova Scotia's big February snow storms compared

Check out this side-by-side comparison of today's nor'easter with the big winter storm of Feb. 15, 2015.

Storm of February 2015 produced more snow than is expected from current blizzard, but winds weren't as strong

This high resolution satellite image of the current nor'easter is the result of two passes from the satellite, which accounts for the crease in the middle where the images have been patched together. (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

Does the blizzard hitting Nova Scotia right now hold a candle to the big storm from February last year?

Turns out it does — at least from a satellite's point of view. 

Above is a satellite image from of today's nor'easter currently making its way east across the province. It's stronger, with a more defined spiral centre. It will bring stronger winds than the storm that hit the province on Feb. 15, 2015.

Still, last year's storm was no joke. It left a snowfall of 25 to 50 centimetres across the province! Today's snowfall is expected to be somewhere between 20 and 30 centimetres, depending on where you are. 

To compare the two storms from the same satellite point of view, here's a visual of last year's storm.

A satellite image of the storm that brought 25 to 50 centimetres of snow to Nova Scotia on Feb. 15, 2015 (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

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Kalin Mitchell


Kalin Mitchell is the meteorologist on CBC News Nova Scotia, CBC News New Brunswick and CBC News Atlantic Tonight. He can also be heard on various afternoon CBC Radio shows giving up-to-the-minute weather forecasts.


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