Category Archives: Satellite Imagery

Satellite Photo of Irma as a Class 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Irma just after it gained Category 5 status on September 6th, 2017. Image from NOAA GOES-16 satellite.

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Snapshot of Joplin thunderstorm that spawned deadly tornado

This satellite image with overlay shows the moment that the storm reached maximum intensity.

The city of Joplin, MO is reeling after a powerful tornado spun through a densely populated part of town on Sunday May 22nd. This image, from GOES East satellite at 2345UTC, shows the storm system moments before spawning the tornado, estimated to have struck shortly before 6:00 pm CST. Many houses, school buildings and the St. John Medical Center sustained major damage.

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Comma Cyclone

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Classic Comma Head Extratropical Cyclone over the Eastern U.S.

This extratropical cyclone shows a classic comma shaped cloud system usually associated with dangerous winter weather. In this picture we are seeing the cyclone in its mature, or occluded, stage, when the storm begins to lose its ability to deepen. Soon this storm will begin to shear into a persistent, cold-core low. This image was taken by GOES East at 1845Z on April 12, 2011. Source: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

Tornado tracks seen from space

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Mike Smith of Wichita, KS based Weatherdata Inc. submits this image of tornado tracks from the April 26-28 tornado outbreak near Birmingham, AL Read the rest of this entry

Dangerous storm system in the southeast USA

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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. Read the rest of this entry

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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Terra, the water planet, our home

The Water Planet

Viewed from space, the most striking feature of our planet is the water. In both liquid and frozen form, it covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It fills the sky with clouds. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Read the rest of this entry

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