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Hurricane Earl Seen From The ISS (Video)

Published by Matt on Wed Sep 1, 2010 11:53 am via: Earthobservatory
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At 14:20 Universal Time (UTC) on August 29, 2010, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra  satellite captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Earl over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. At 15:00 UTC on August 29, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Earl had sustained winds of 75 miles (120 km) per hour, with minimum air pressures of 985 millibars.

Hurricane Earl as seen from space. Credit: NASA

Hurricane Earl as seen from space. Credit: NASA

At the time, the hurricane was centered near 17 degrees North latitude, 58 degrees West longitude, about 225 miles (360 kilometers) east of Antigua and 315 miles (510 km) east of St. Martin. Both islands are among the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles chain of the Caribbean.

Researchers participating in NASA’s Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes field campaign have already made two flights over Tropical Storm/Hurricane Earl, which formed on August 29. By the afternoon of August 30, it was a major hurricane with 120 mph (205 kph) winds and hurricane warnings in effect for Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Culebra and Vieques.

The Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station captured video of Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic as it orbited more than 200 miles above the Earth on August 30, 2010.

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