More Views of Hurricane Irene from Space: It’s Big

Article written: 25 Aug , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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Here are several different views of Hurricane Irene: from 230 miles above the Earth, cameras on the International Space Station captured several views of powerful Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011. Irene is moving to the northwest as a Category 3 hurricane, packing winds of 120 miles an hour. Irene is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm as it heads toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Seaboard and the middle Atlantic and New England states.

See more from other satellites, below:

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This view of Irene was taken by the GOES satellite at 2:55 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 24, 2011. Irene now has a distinct eye and the clouds spiraling around the center are becoming more compact. The image also shows how large Irene has become, measuring several hundred kilometers across.

A three dimensional perspective of Irene, showing rainfall. Credit: NASA/TRMM satellite

This image was taken on August 22, but is a really nifty, three-dimensional view of the precipitation from Irene, as seen by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. It reveals an area of deep convection (shown in red) near the storm’s center where precipitation-sized particles are being carried aloft. These tall towers are associated with strong thunderstorms responsible for the area of intense rain near the center of Irene seen in the previous image. They can be a precursor to strengthening as they indicate areas within a storm where vast amounts of heat are being released. This heating, known as latent heating, is what is drives a storm’s circulation and intensification.

Here’s the latest view of Irene from WeatherBug:

View of Irene from WeatherBug.com

View of Irene from WeatherBug.com

As of 8 a.m. EDT on August 25, Hurricane Irene was located near 25.5 N and 76.5 W, or 65 miles east-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. This places it about 670 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Irene`s top sustained winds remain at 115 mph, and is moving to the northwest at 13 mph.

Sources: NASA Multimedia,

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20 Responses

  1. Latest views from the ISS taken today at 3:55pm EDT show a huge storm stretching from Cuba to the Carolinas http://twitter.com/#!/JPMajor/status/106819194896650240/photo/1

  2. Mike says

    GOD, be with the east coast & keep them safe.

  3. Earl says

    I believe that the god of the air has been defeated. In the name of Jesus I command hurricane Irene to go back out to sea and collapse on itself.

  4. Earl says

    I believe that the god of the air has been defeated. In the name of Jesus I command hurricane Irene to go back out to sea and collapse on itself.

  5. S/V Parallax says

    It’s not just the size of the storm. You want a predictor of damage, look at how sharp and well-formed the eyewall is. Sharp and small = bad news.

  6. Esthela Michel says

    I live in the Bronx, and, today has been so beautiful. Seems like the calm…
    I hope we’re all ready enough for whats to come.

  7. Carinna Coletti says

    OH MY WORD! i have never seen ANYTHING that big in MY LIFE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, JESUS!! I PRAY FOR ALL MY FRIENDS WHO LIVE OVER THERE! PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THEM SAFE! i pray that this will be a opportunity to be a witness to non-believers! Please help more be safe because of this!

  8. Carinna Coletti says

    OH MY WORD! i have never seen ANYTHING that big in MY LIFE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, JESUS!! I PRAY FOR ALL MY FRIENDS WHO LIVE OVER THERE! PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THEM SAFE! i pray that this will be a opportunity to be a witness to non-believers! Please help more be safe because of this!

    • Anonymous says

      Are you hijacking this article to spray religious SPAM?
      We have a nice and sunny day in Japan, a bit of rain in Haiti.

    • Anonymous says

      Are you hijacking this article to spray religious SPAM?
      We have a nice and sunny day in Japan, a bit of rain in Haiti.

    • Anonymous says

      Are you hijacking this article to spray religious SPAM?
      We have a nice and sunny day in Japan, a bit of rain in Haiti.

    • Anonymous says

      Are you hijacking this article to spray religious SPAM?
      We have a nice and sunny day in Japan, a bit of rain in Haiti.

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