NASA Infrared Imagery Shows Wind Shear Affecting Tropical Storm Maria

Tropical Storm Maria is now caught up in the Westerlies and is being affected by wind shear that is elongating the storm. Infrared imagery from NASA’s Aqua satellite revealed that Maria’s strongest storms were east of the tropical cyclone’s center because of westerly wind shear.

NASA Satellite Highlights Burn Scars in British Columbia

This past summer Canada has been plagued with huge forest fires that have spanned most of the provinces.  British Columbia has been particularly hard hit with large portions of the landscape being decimated by fire.  In these satellite images taken by the NASA'S Aqua satellite, both the natural color and false color burn scars of left by fires can be seen.  In the natural color image it is difficult to make out the burn scars.  The false color easily identifies areas where fire has left a scar showing a brownish-red color. Currently there are 745 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares and all wildfires of note (active or out) in British Columbia as of today, Sept. 29. (Wildfire link updates daily).  NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on September 27, 2017. 

NASA Sees a Weaker Hurricane Lee Headed to the U.K.

NASA and NOAA satellite imagery show Hurricane Lee has been on a weakening trend as wind shear is battering the storm. The National Hurricane Center expects Lee to weaken quickly and its remnants to bring gusty winds to Ireland and the United Kingdom over the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

NASA Finds Hurricane Lee's Strength Shift

Hurricane Lee began weakening as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and collected temperature information. Satellite data showed that Lee's strongest side was south of its center.

NASA Satellite Temperatures Reveal a Stronger Hurricane Lee

NASA's Aqua satellite peered into Hurricane Lee with infrared light to determine if the storm was intensifying. Infrared data showed cloud top temperatures were getting colder, indicating stronger storms.

NASA Sees Short-lived Tropical Depression 22W Make Landfall

NASA's Terra satellite captured the landfall of Tropical Depression 22W in northern Vietnam. The Depression only existed for two days before it made landfall and began dissipating.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Satellite Gets 2 Looks at Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria was analyzed in visible and infrared light as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP passed overhead over two days. NASA's GPM satellite also provided a look at Maria's rainfall rates.

NASA Finds Very Heavy Rainfall in Hurricane Maria

NASA looked into Hurricane Maria and found that powerful convective storms within the hurricane were dropping heavy rainfall. Maria brought that heavy rainfall to Puerto Rico and made landfall on Sept. 20 at 6:15 a.m. EDT.

NASA Data Shows Otis Devoid of Precipitation, Now a Remnant

Former Hurricane Otis was not showing any thunderstorm development or precipitation on satellite imagery on Sept. 19. As a result, the National Hurricane Center declared Otis a remnant low pressure area.

NASA Examines Hurricane Lidia's Eye on the Baja

Hurricane Lidia’s eye was visible in NASA satellite imagery as it approached Baja California, Mexico’s southernmost tip. Hurricane Lidia was making landfall on the Baja on Sept. 1 at 5 a.m. PDT and continued to bring soaking rains to the region.