This photo of Cyclone Yasi was made by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite February 2 at 2:15 p.m. Australia local time. The center of Yasi had already moved inland. Yasi has been called the most powerful storm to strike Australia in a century. Flooding in Queensland in the past few months has cost 35 lives. Miraculously, Yasi's centre passed between our major cities of Cairns and Townsville.
On the far side of the world, the GOES-13 satellite on January 31 made this photo of the huge storm covering most of the US. So far it has led to 50 centimetres of snow in Chicago and chilly conditions as far South as Texas. In Houston, Johnson Space Center and most schools are closed Friday morning. How is the weather where you are?