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Description:National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA): Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones

Aug. 24, 2011, first update

This image depicts what the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-13 saw as Hurricane Irene was entering the Bahamas on August 24, 2011 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). Irene became a major hurricane shortly before this image and now has a clear, visible eye.
When a satellite can see a hurricane's eye clearly from space, that's an indication of a strong tropical cyclone and the GOES-13 satellite saw just that in Hurricane Irene this morning as she became a major hurricane.

Hurricane Irene reached Category 3 status this morning, the threshold for a major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale that measures hurricane intensity.

High Resolution: Click here for hi-resolution image (25.87 MB)
Content Providers(s):NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Creation Date:2011
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Links:National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA): Hurricane Season 2011: Tropical Storm Irene (Atlantic Ocean)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency Preparedness and Response; Natural Disasters & Severe Weather: Hurricanes: Plus Cyclones, Typhoons & Others Tropical Storms
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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