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In June 2020, a "Godzilla" dust plume travelled from the Sahara, the planet’s largest, hottest desert, across the Atlantic ocean to North America. Saharan dust plumes are a natural phenomenon and occur especially during the summertime, due to dust uplift from low level jets and haboobs... Read More
After a long and meandering journey over Central America, across central Cuba and through the Florida Keys, Eta, the 28th named storm and 12th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, wound up nearly stationary as a moderate tropical storm in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico just north of... Read More
NASA/JAXA's GPM Satellite flew over Tropical Storm Eta as it made landfall over the Florida Keys on the evening of Sunday November 8th 2020 at approximately 11:41pm EST (11/9/2020 4:41 UTC). Eta lashed the Florida coast with approximately 65 mph winds. In this instance in time, some of Eta... Read More
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite flew over Hurricane Eta at 11:41 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 3 (0541 UTC Wednesday, Nov. 4). GPM observed the storm’s rainfall with its two unique science instruments: the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-frequency Precipitation... Read More
Early in the morning of Oct 28, the GPM satellite flew directly over Hurricane Zeta, which was strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico as it headed for landfall in southeastern Louisiana. The data captured by the Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar show a symmetric storm, with a clear eye surrounded by... Read More
GPM passed over Tropical Storm Zeta Sunday October 25, 2020 at appproximately 2:15pm Central Time (19:15 UTC) as it approached the Yukican peninsula. Tropical Storm Zeta is the 27th named storm of 2020 which ties the record for the most named storms since 2005. (See 27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta for... Read More
GPM passed over Hurricane Delta Thursday October 8, 2020 at appproximately 7:40pm Central Time (UTC time: 10/9/2020 00:40Z) as it approached the Gulf coast. Hurricane Delta is the 25th named Atlantic storm of the 2020 hurricane season. After exhausting a list of prepared names, the World... Read More
NASA research could help to improve forecasts of whether a hurricane will suddenly intensify, which could give people in its path more time to prepare.
After crossing western Cuba, Tropical Storm Laura emerged into the Gulf of Mexico where warm water, low wind shear and a moist environment made conditions ideal for intensification. As such, as it made its way through the Gulf of Mexico, Laura transformed from a category 1 hurricane with sustained... Read More
After regaining hurricane intensity over the Gulf Stream, Hurricane Isaias made landfall on the south coast of North Carolina on Monday August 3rd at 11:10 pm EDT near Ocean Isle Beach. This data visualization shows Isaias as is makes its way northward from the Bahamas to the coast of North... Read More
After forming into a tropical storm in the eastern Caribbean, Isaias crossed over Hispaniola and back into the western Atlantic heading northwest towards the Bahamas. During this time, Isaias strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane before then passing through the southern and central Bahamas. As... Read More
GPM captured Tropical Storm Cristobal at 11:46 UTC (6:46 am CST) on June 8th, 2020. Prior to this second landfall over the Louisiana coast, Tropical Storm Cristobal had caused much damage to Campeche and Mexico on it's way to the United States. It eventually made it's second landfall over... Read More
After forming from a tropical easterly wave in the central Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Depression #8 had intensified enough by the evening of July 21st to be named Tropical Storm Hanna by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and in the process became the earliest 8th named storm in an Atlantic season... Read More