NASA Unveils New Collection Of Hurricane Science Animations

By  //  June 1, 2015

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To mark the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, NASA has released a new collection of scientific animations that look inside hurricanes to help explain what makes them tick using NASA satellite data. (NASA Image)

NASA – NASA satellites have been providing valuable data on hurricanes to scientists for decades.

To mark the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, NASA has released a new collection of scientific animations that look inside hurricanes to help explain what makes them tick using NASA satellite data.

The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. This year, the season began early with the development of Tropical Storm Ana in May.

NASA’s Hurricane page provided coverage of the storm from birth to death as it does daily with all tropical cyclones in every ocean basin around the world.

Satellites provide information such as cloud and sea surface temperatures, rainfall locations and rates of rainfall within each storm, cloud extent and even surface winds. All of that data is used to create daily hurricane updates and has been used in animations.

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The 50-minute “Hurricane Resource Reel” is available online at the website for Scientific Visualization Studio of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The collection includes storms from various oceans around the world,; a look at the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane alley from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite in September 2014, Hurricane Katrina, a Global Portrait of Precipitation, Superstorm Sandy, RapidScat looks at surface winds; and the upcoming Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS mission, set to launch in 2016.

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