Watch the video here:
To view the same shot in the video use the link below … select “hemispheric products” .. then select “polar” and use the last 48 images to see the past buildup of this storm : indeed it is connected half way across the planet in what looks like ONE GIANT low pressure system — it is the jet stream itself that connects these two storms in reality –
here is the link: http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/index.php
This screenshot is from College of Dupage – Northern Hemisphere Polar IR view : I added in the circles to indicate location of the storms at each end of this “connected system”.
The system connects from west coast America all the way west to India (as seen on the global view)
Two more screenshots (with no edit showing location or systems) — showing the feed as it stands 550am CST 12/28/2011 :
Here are dozens more links to use to monitor this large series of low pressure systems: