3D View Hurricane Florence Released By NASA

Posted: Sep 16 2018, 5:13am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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3D View Hurricane Florence Released by NASA
Credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL-Caltech, MISR Team

The image was created using MISR instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite.

NASA has created a dramatic 3D image of Hurricane Florence using data from its Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument. The MISR instrument onboard NASA’s passed overhead the large and powerful hurricane Thursday and captured close-up images in 3D.

MISR is equipped with nine cameras that observe Earth at different angles. It takes just few minutes for all the cameras to focus the same location. In the latest effort, researchers combined two of the MISR angles to show a three-dimensional view of Hurricane Florence. The 3D view features nearly circular Florence hurricane with a distinct eye at its center.

At the time the images were taken, Florence was a large Category 2 hurricane and had maximum sustained winds of of 105 mph. It was centered about 145 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

“This stereo anaglyph shows a 3D view of Florence. You will need red-blue 3D glasses, with the red lens placed over the left eye, to view the effect. The anaglyph shows high clouds associated with strong thunderstorms in the eyewall of the storm and individual thunderstorms in the outer rain bands. These smaller storms can spawn tornadoes.” The caption beneath the image reads.

Hurricane Florence began as a disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean on August 30 and became the first major hurricane of the year. It continued to intensify over the next few days as it approached the eastern coast of US and upgraded from a tropical storm to a category 4 hurricane on September 10 with winds of 130 mph. On Sep. 14, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

Different NASA satellites are sending a lot of data to help forecasters understand what is happening inside Hurricane Florence. Based on the data, forecasters determine whether a storm is going to intensify or weaken or make landfall. Florence has now become a slow-moving Category 1 storm after the landfall but it continues to produce heavy and excessive rain in coastal areas of North and South Carolina.

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