Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 26, 2011

Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 26, 2011
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NASA / NOAA GOES-13 satellite image showing earth on August 26, 2011 at 14:45 UTC (10:45 a.m. EDT). Hurricane Irene can been seen on the U.S. East Coast.

Irene Almost 1/3 the Size of East Coast. Irene has become a major hurricane, and NASA satellite data shows its diameter is now about 510 miles — roughly 1/3 the length of the U.S. Atlantic coastline. Hurricane watches are in effect for much of the East Coast.

For up to date information related to Hurricane Irene go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/main/index.html

Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

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Tropical Cyclone Funso (08S) over the Mozambique Channel
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NASA image acquired January 23, 2012

On January 23, 2012, Tropical Cyclone Funso raged over the Mozambique Channel, packing sustained winds of 100 knots (185 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 125 knots (230 kilometers per hour). The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Funso was located roughly 590 nautical miles (1,095 kilometers) northeast of Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on January 23, 2012. The storm spans the channel between Mozambique and Madagascar, and bears a distinct eye. Coastlines and national borders are outlined in black.

The JTWC reported that conditions were favorable for storm intensification. Wind shear (changing wind speed and direction with altitude) tends to hamper storm development, but Funso experienced minimal vertical wind shear on January 23. In addition, sea surface temperatures in the Mozambique Channel were between 28 and 29 degrees Celsius (82 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit)—warm enough to continue fueling the storm. Different models forecast different storm tracks for Funso, including a slowdown, recurvature, and movement toward the south.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

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One Comment on Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 26, 2011

  1. The guy with the purple car
    June, 26th 2014 at 8:43 am

    You tree hugger. It’s a rock, hurtling around a violent, medium-sized star at 33,000 mph. If Earth wasn’t habitable, we wouldn’t be here. We would be on another planet, with tree huggers like you saying how THAT planet was our mother and what have you.

    Anyhow. The proportions are wild. Thanks to all of the storms right now, we have an excellent illustration of Earth’s jetstreams and other wind patterns.

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