Earth's snow-sticken landscapes throughout history, as seen from space

Winter doesn’t officially begin until 21 December but with snow already hitting in New York City, Toronto and other major cities and warnings already being issued for Chicago and Minnesota in November, it’s feeling quite like the frigid and unwelcome weather is already here.

There’s lots of images from space available from NASA, taken on space shuttles, the ISS or satellites which can really put into perspective how much different the world changes throughout the different seasons — incredible patterns only visible from above form, lakes crystalize in dazzling arrays and more.

 Montreal is located nowhere near the ocean, yet it’s a large inland port, Canada’s second-largest city and the after Paris, the second-biggest French-language city in the world. Near the middle is the highly-visible Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Mount Royal Park, located in the downtown core of the historic city. 📸:  NASA

Montreal is located nowhere near the ocean, yet it’s a large inland port, Canada’s second-largest city and the after Paris, the second-biggest French-language city in the world. Near the middle is the highly-visible Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Mount Royal Park, located in the downtown core of the historic city. 📸: NASA

 A 1981 image of Honshu Island in Japan and a snow-coated Fuji-San/Fuji-Yama volcano measuring 12,400 feet tall, and Tokyo’s suburbs can be seen at the right edge of the image. 📸:  NASA

A 1981 image of Honshu Island in Japan and a snow-coated Fuji-San/Fuji-Yama volcano measuring 12,400 feet tall, and Tokyo’s suburbs can be seen at the right edge of the image. 📸: NASA

 Snapped aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Feb 2000, this photo shows a small portion of Hudson Bay in Canada, including Hannah Bay — the southern portion of St. James Bay, which is distinctive because of the snow cover. 📸:  NASA

Snapped aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Feb 2000, this photo shows a small portion of Hudson Bay in Canada, including Hannah Bay — the southern portion of St. James Bay, which is distinctive because of the snow cover. 📸: NASA

 The Great Himalayan Mountain Range in Tibet, where mountains soar more than 20,000 feet tall and are always coated in a layer of snow. Laga Co and Kunggyu Co lakes can be seen in this 1973 photo, located just inside the Tibet. 📸:  NASA

The Great Himalayan Mountain Range in Tibet, where mountains soar more than 20,000 feet tall and are always coated in a layer of snow. Laga Co and Kunggyu Co lakes can be seen in this 1973 photo, located just inside the Tibet. 📸: NASA

 Greenland covered in snow, with indents along the coastline where settlements are located. The centre of the country is more than 10,000 feet thick and is filled with large ice rivers. 📸:  NASA

Greenland covered in snow, with indents along the coastline where settlements are located. The centre of the country is more than 10,000 feet thick and is filled with large ice rivers. 📸: NASA

 Lake Puma Yumco in Tibet, taken in 2006 aboard the ISS. The lake is 5,030 metres above sea level and has oddly low levels of concentrations of nutrients, causing it to appear blue/blue-green in colour. Ice patterns in the image are caused by a cycle of freezing, fracturing and refreezing because of various temperature and wind changes. 📸:  NASA

Lake Puma Yumco in Tibet, taken in 2006 aboard the ISS. The lake is 5,030 metres above sea level and has oddly low levels of concentrations of nutrients, causing it to appear blue/blue-green in colour. Ice patterns in the image are caused by a cycle of freezing, fracturing and refreezing because of various temperature and wind changes. 📸: NASA

 Appearing as two seperate water bodies with a divider in the middle, the Great Salt Lake in Utah is fed by melting snow from the close-by Wasatch Mountains. 📸:  NASA

Appearing as two seperate water bodies with a divider in the middle, the Great Salt Lake in Utah is fed by melting snow from the close-by Wasatch Mountains. 📸: NASA

 Taken in 2001, this image of the Himalayan Mountains shows a stunning patchwork of crystal blue rivers flowing in between the mountains, which all together spread more than 2,900 kilometres across China. 📸:  NASA

Taken in 2001, this image of the Himalayan Mountains shows a stunning patchwork of crystal blue rivers flowing in between the mountains, which all together spread more than 2,900 kilometres across China. 📸: NASA