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NASA Satellite Images & Detail Of Hurricane Rita


NASA Satellite Images & Detail Of Hurricane Rita


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The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of Hurricane Rita as it made landfall on the Gulf Coast on September 24, 2005. Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC


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The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of Hurricane Rita as it started making landfall on the Gulf Coast on September 23, 2005. Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC


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NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft observed this view of Hurricane Rita on September 23, 2005 at 12:52 pm EDT. At this time the storm was a category 4 hurricane with a minimum pressure of 924 mb, and sustained winds of 120 knots. The cloud cover is taken by TRMM's Visible and Infrared Scanner(VIRS) and the GOES spacecraft. The rain structure is taken by TRMM's Tropical Microwave Imager (TMI). It looks underneath of the storm's clouds to reveal the underlying rain structure. Blue represents areas with at least 0.25 inches of rain per hour. Green shows at least 0.5 inches of rain per hour. Yellow is at least 1.0 inches of rain and red is at least 2.0 inches of rain per hour. Click on image to view animation (no audio - 9.7 b) Credit: NASA


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This visualization shows the sea surface temperature from September 17 to September 21 when temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico remained one to two degrees warmer than the 82 degree minimum needed to sustain a hurricane. Every area in yellow, orange or red represents 82 degrees F or above. Temperature data is from the AMSR-E instrument on the Aqua satellite, while the cloud images of Hurricane Rita were taken by the Imager on the GOES-12 satellite. Click on image above to view animation (no audio - 3.7 Mb.) Credit: NASA

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