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NASA Satellites Busy at the Peak of Hurricane Season

GOES image of four Atlantic Storms on Sept. 8, 2011. Image Source: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Cropped image of hurricane at seaThe first half of September was extremely busy for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean Basin. And hurricane season is only half over.

NASA’s Hurricane Webpage: A Resource for Worldwide Tropical Cyclones

The TRMM satellite passed over Irene when it was a tropical storm on Aug. 21, 2011. Data collected with this orbit showed that Irene contained numerous powerful thunderstorms with TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) revealing that some thunderstorm towers near the center of the storm were reaching to heights above 15 km (~9.3 miles). Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce
The TRMM satellite passed over Irene when it was a tropical storm on Aug. 21, 2011. Data collected with this orbit showed that Irene contained numerous powerful thunderstorms with TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) revealing that some thunderstorm towers near the center of the storm were reaching to heights above 15 km (~9.3 miles). Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal PierceThe latest developments on tropical cyclones, including Irene, are available at NASA’s Hurricane Webpage. The page includes satellite images, the latest research, and historic information dating back to 2005.

NASA’s Hurricane Webpage: A Resource for Worldwide Tropical Cyclones

This 3-D image of Hurricane Igor's cloud heights and rainfall from NASA TRMM data shows a large area of heavy rainfall (falling at about 2 inches per hour), shown here in red on Sept. 15, 2010, at 0353 UTC. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between 0.78 to 1.57 inches per hour. The image reveals that Igor's eye was still very distinct but the southwestern portion of the eye wall had eroded. It was located about 440 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean at this time. Credit: Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce
This 3-D image of Hurricane Igor's cloud heights and rainfall from NASA TRMM data shows a large area of heavy rainfall (falling at about 2 inches per hour), shown here in red on Sept. 15, 2010, at 0353 UTC. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between 0.78 to 1.57 inches per hour. The image reveals that Igor's eye was still very distinct but the southwestern portion of the eye wall had eroded. It was located about 440 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean at this time. Credit: Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal PierceNASA’s Hurricane Webpage is a resource for meteorologists and weather fans, with updates on tropical cyclones happening around the world, along with satellite images, the latest research, animations, educational tools, scientist profiles, satellite information and historic storm information.