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Satellites Provide 3-D Views and More of Hurricane Sandy

30 Oct , 2012

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Hurricane Sandy as viewed by the TRMM Precipitation Radar at 2:20 EDT on Oct. 28, 2012. Credit: NASA

Satellite imagery and data has been invaluable in predicting the path and intensity of storms like Hurricane Sandy. Satellites like NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) can measure rainfall rates and cloud heights in tropical cyclones, and was used to create a 3-D image, above, to allow forecasters to look inside the hurricane, and predict fairly spot-on what locations would be affected the worst. There’s even a 3-D video view from the CloudSat satellite, and much more, including a stunning wind map, and this round-up from JPL of various satellite views of the storm. You can also see a slideshow of NASA satellite images and videos on the NASA Goddard Flickr site.

This exemplifies just one reason why space exploration is important, and why people are maybe now starting to realize how our failure to plan ahead and invest in weather satellites may become a problem. Without those eyes in the sky we are blind to the minute-to-minute and hour-to-hour development of storms and weather, not to mention overall study of the climate.

Below is a stunning high-speed satellite view from the GOES-14 satellite:

Focusing just on the area of the storm, the GOES-14 Super Rapid Scan Operation (SRSO) captures infrared and visible data every minute and relays that information to forecasters on the ground. This animation shows the GOES-14 SRSO for October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy approached the U.S. coastline.

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SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 9:23 AM
I’m almost laughing my tail off reading this story. Useful ammunition presented to me on an open platter! (Giggle!) But importantly to say by me, this is not for those who are suffering under it wicked tempest of Sandy, nor of the saddening damage to properties and lives. I only heartily wish them safety and best wishes of support during this time. Wow!. What wanton short-sightess by NOAA and NASA that the author of this article is usually greatly and eagerly promoting. I also read this recent New York Times article on 27th October 2012 “U.S. Satellite Plans Falter, Imperiling Data on Storms.” It seems the this Universe Today story, and a few others on the weather in… Read more »
Aqua4U
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October 30, 2012 1:10 PM

You are obviously a very lonely person. I’ll wager that IF you are recognized in public, everyone moves away from you as soon as they can… right?

SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 1:32 PM

Robert Greene’s Praemonitus praemunitus — Forewarned is to be forearmed…

You might learn something by that…

massmurdoch
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massmurdoch
October 31, 2012 7:48 AM

(Giggle!)

SteveZodiac
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SteveZodiac
October 30, 2012 1:33 PM

don’t feed the trolls

SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 1:59 PM

Don’t listen to the mindless nitwits with nothing useful to say. Nah!

SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 2:52 PM
Thinking about it… Definition : “A troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off- topic messages in an online community.” How does my submission here constitute being a troll? It clearly doesn’t. All this is some kind of self deluded ego trip because you have absolutely nothing to say for themselves. Frankly I am sick to death of those, especially like some Americans seem to often want do, who will espouse and defend the right of free speech in the loudest voice, yet are so fracken’ cowardly, that they not only say nothing about the topic on hand. Even worst that they instead, try to do the exact opposite, and will either suppress or intimidate others from… Read more »
Aqua4U
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October 30, 2012 3:13 PM

For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. – Psalm 36:2

SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 3:36 PM

Brilliant. Iniquity. Describes the problem of this issue in a tight nutshell.

Flattery is one thing, being able to sustaining arguments and tell the real truth without fear or favour is another more important one.

Having no real argument here, means no interest in what you are saying. Anything constructive? No? Or are you just going to keep taking pot-shots at me and ignore the story? I guess not.

SteveZodiac
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SteveZodiac
October 30, 2012 4:10 PM

troll

SJStar
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SJStar
October 30, 2012 8:13 PM

Get stuffed!! Stop acting as a two-year-old.

SteveZodiac
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SteveZodiac
October 31, 2012 11:01 AM

fol de rol

SJStar
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SJStar
October 31, 2012 11:37 AM

Foolishness. Eh? You’re the one here who is attacking me and yet still has nothing to say!! How frankly foolish is that, I wonder?

SteveZodiac
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SteveZodiac
October 31, 2012 2:17 PM

Tor kommer med sin åska

spell7
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spell7
October 31, 2012 5:45 PM

UT just can’t get credit for anything, can they? They point out an area of concern and you ridicule them for giving you “ammo” and accuse them of a vast propaganda conspiracy. Report on a successful mission/program/study and you accuse them of ignoring or covering up something bigger.

The point of this article is to call attention to the value of weather satellites and the need to continue investing in these technologies. There’s no propaganda – you are misled by your hatred of all things American.

SJStar
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SJStar
November 1, 2012 1:28 AM

Dipstick. I do not hate America, and to say otherwise shows how out of touch you are. Half of what you say here plain lies and half-truths. I’ve never said anything about cover ups, because the story is plainly in the open.

Gee too. Everything I said above is supported by available evidence, not hearsay. Next you will be calling the New York Times as being anti-American too!

From your personal attacks here shows you are another one of those ugly bigoted American who has been brainwashed into believing the garbage feed being to you. One thing is for sure, I dislike you more than your fellow Americans.

spell7
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spell7
November 1, 2012 2:41 PM
My apologies – I stand corrected and recognize that you do not hate America. It is clear you have a significant dislike for many current characteristics of America but this does not equate to hatred. I don’t see how this article is garbage or brainwashing or propaganda. Please elaborate. I disagree with your original comment that this article is an attempt to overstate our technological superiority . As for the half truths and lies, a sampling of quotes: “(One can only question the real motivates here. Is this science reporting or plain propaganda?)” “Cultural America is mostly a stinking vacuous self-absorbed backwater, whose once great empire is now on its last knees – ” “Yet again we see… Read more »
SJStar
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SJStar
November 1, 2012 4:37 PM

Let’s see I say;

“From your personal attacks here shows you [dipstick] are another one of those ugly bigoted American who has been brainwashed into believing the garbage being feed to you. “

Then you say;

“I don’t see how this article is garbage or brainwashing or propaganda.”

Failed general comprehension at school, eh?

spell7
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spell7
November 1, 2012 7:00 PM
I never was much for reading…thanks for correcting me. I shouldn’t have assumed this particular article would be considered some of the garbage and brainwashing being fed to me. Bottom line is your comments on topics such as stellar evolution and the like are informative and enjoyable. Please keep those coming. Repeatedly lecturing us about America’s shortcomings and ridiculing the average citizen gets tiresome very quickly. Your point has been made! I would guess that the average person that takes an interest in the topics found on UT is painfully aware of the situation we are in. You are, in some ways, preaching to the choir. It pleases me to no end to read the stories about scientific… Read more »
SJStar
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SJStar
November 2, 2012 4:52 AM

This assumes Americans are interested in science. UT seems far more interested in gossipy articles and promotion of mostly North America space interests. (Perhaps it should be renamed America’s View of Space Today)?) This unfettered bias is mostly what cheese me off.

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