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Hurricane Earl seen from the space station

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Hurricane Earl: The Astronaut View

The relatively placid view from the International Space Station belied the potent forces at work in Hurricane Earl as it hovered northeast of Puerto Rico on Aug. 30, 2010. With maximum sustained winds of 135 miles (215 kilometers) per hour, the storm was classified as a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale as it passed north of the Virgin Islands.

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Satellite Imagery of Near-Record Flooding Along Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

These two false colored images from the NASA Terra satellite show the Cairo, IL region on April 28, 2011 and April 29, 2010. The differences are stark. Blue colors indicate water, green and brown is dry land. MODIS, the visible and infrared sensor on Terra, is the precursor to the visible and infrared sensors to be flown on NOAA’s future geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, GOES-R and JPSS.

As of April 29, 2011, the National Weather Service lists 369 locations around in the country as flooded, based on river gauge measurements. Continue reading Satellite Imagery of Near-Record Flooding Along Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

Tornado tracks of the April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak

Bright reds, oranges and yellows show tracks of where rotation was strongest as detected by NWS Doppler radars during the April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak. - click to enlarge
NOAA’s preliminary estimate is that there were 211 tornadoes on April 27-28, 2011. Continue reading Tornado tracks of the April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak

Dangerous storm system in the southeast USA

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From NASA GSFC:

A low pressure area currently over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin has created conditions that call for a forecast of severe weather in the eastern third of the U.S. today and one area is even labeled “high risk.” The GOES-13 Satellite captured a visible image of the system today as daytime heating was boiling up strong and severe thunderstorms. Continue reading Dangerous storm system in the southeast USA

Severe Weather Hits the South

A Line of Severe Storms Across the Eastern U.S.

Infrared imagery from the GOES-East satellite shows a line of severe storms moving across the Eastern U.S. The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for many parts of New York through Virginia, flash flood advisories throughout much of the South, and gale warnings along Lake Superior. This colorized infrared image was taken on April 26, 2011 at 1815z.

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