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Massive storm stretches from Canada to Spain


The storm stretches from Newfoundland/Labrador all the way into Spain (Image courtesy NASA)
The storm stretches from Newfoundland/Labrador all the way into Spain (Image courtesy NASA)

Kevan Karanjia, Staff Writer

March 31, 2013 — A storm that covered half the United States in snow this week has grown into a monstrous size over the north Atlantic.

The system generated large waves off the coast of Newfoundland/Labrador Easter weekend (Image courtesy Eric Abbott)
The system generated large waves off the coast of Newfoundland/Labrador Easter weekend (Image courtesy Eric Abbott)

A massive system has formed over the north Atlantic, covering most of the ocean.

The system which delivered heavy snowfall to half the United States last week and Newfoundland/Labrador this weekend, rapidly grew in size as it made its way over the open water. 

A satellite image of the storm shows that it stretches from Newfoundland/Labrador all the way east into Spain.  

The southern tail of the storm reaches south into the Caribbean while the northern head touches Greenland. 

As the storm made its way over the Atlantic, it merged with other low pressure systems and gained strength.

Later warm, moist air from the gulf region and cool, dry air from the Arctic converged, causing it to grow further and spin much like a Hurricane. 

The mega system's intensity has been compared to a category 3 hurricane, which can deliver winds over 200 km/h.

Waves over 13 metres in height are being churned out over the ocean, making an unpleasant journey for any ships travelling through. 

The system is expected to move east into western Europe over the next week, dropping in size and intensity.    

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