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Photos: What the Storms Looked Like from Space

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NASA has been monitoring the storm from above and has released two satellite images from earlier this week. The first one shown above is from Wednesday via NASA's Aqua satellite. "Over the Pacific Ocean and the California coast, clouds assume the shape of a giant apostrophe, looking vaguely like a hurricane missing most of its center," the agency explains. "The storm's shape suggests a low-pressure system drawing in strong winds from nearby areas. Patches of clear sky allow glimpses of California’s Central Valley and Baja California."

The second one above is from Tuesday. It's not the most exciting of images, but is the first in a series that NASA used to make an animation of the storms passing over California between then and yesterday. You can view that video here in a small or large version.

The recent weather has brought mud slide concern to the foothills, recently burned by the Station and Morris fires last summer. NASA also monitored the fires, showing us several satellite photos of the smoke and burn scar.

Update: After this was posted, NASA updated the second image, which is seen as the third image above. It is a composite from January 20.