Space is such a privileged vantage for chronicling human suffering.
Just ask this satellite, comfortably tracking the billowing murk of misery that was winter 2014, as it churned across the eastern seaboard from January 1 to March 24.
Not that space is all that warm and cozy. But from those lofty heights, there is something strangely serene about the human condition.
This elegant time-lapse from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) yields stunning insight into storm movements -- and a convincing perspective on why the East took such a snow-whipping this winter.
As the agency's satellite, called GOES, reveals, those dense white tufts moving across the map are storm systems -- and they never seem to give the region a break.
Detached. Unemotional. The satellite's view is unfazed by the silent hell below. The collective teeth-chattering of millions, the sigh and scrape of countless shovels, an endless stream of cold-weather alerts -- it's all lost on this eye in the sky. Just the cold facts of the worst winter this part of the planet has weathered in 35 years.
Because, of course, in space, no one can hear Earthlings scream.