New NASA map shows dramatic impacts of 'bomb cyclone' and polar vortex

A new map released by NASA shows how dramatic temperature changes have gripped the United States and even the world. 

As parts of the United States faced wind chill temperatures 100 degrees below F, and much of the East Coast battled a brutal winter storm, the West Coast has dealt with temperatures higher than normal.

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Pedestrians walk through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Little snowmen are seen on a bench in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Shannon Fields brushes snow off her car as snow that fell yesterday and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Vickie Hock pulls her daughter Lily Hock through a snow covered field a day after snow fell in the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Ground crew clears the snow on a driveway outside the West Wing of the White House January 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. A massive winter storm, also known as a 'bomb cyclone', is moving northing across the Interstate 95 corridor on the East Coast, dumping huge amount of snow from Florida to Maine. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Boston firefighters wade through a street flooded from tidal surge during Storm Grayson in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
ROCKPORT, MA - JANUARY 4: A man looks out at a flooded street as the tide comes up in Rockport, MA during a winter storm on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Buildings eclipsed by snow during a massive winter storm on January 4, 2018 in New York City. As a major winter storm moves up the Northeast corridor, New York City is under a winter storm warning and forecasts are calling for six to eight inches of snow. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - JANUARY 4: A frozen residents during a blizzard in Quincy, Mass., on Jan. 4, 2018.
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The map from NASA's Earth Observatory land surface temperature changes across America compared to 2001-2010 average for the same day period, stretching from December 26, 2017 to January 2, 2018. 

Red areas mean temperatures are hotter than average and blue areas are colder.

A broader image released by NASA shows that much of Europe, Asia and the Middle East are abnormally warm.

"The map of North America underscores one of the realities of weather—when a cold snap hits one region, warmth often bakes another one," NASA explained in a statement released alongside the image.

The map specifically depicted land temperatures, which are different from air temperatures that forecasters typically focus on, but land temperatures can have significant impacts on environment, including crops. 

 

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