|Description:||By Owen Kelley: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.,|
Hurricane Sandy (Atlantic Ocean)
NASA's TRMM Satellite Analyzes Hurricane Sandy in 3-D
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite can measure rainfall rates and cloud heights in tropical cyclones, and was used to create an image to look into Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28, 2012. Owen Kelly of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. created this image of Hurricane Sandy using TRMM data.
"With infrared satellite observations used in imaging, one can speculate about what sort of convective (rising air that form the thunderstorms that make up a tropical cyclone) storms are developing under the hurricane's cloud tops, but Sandy was sneaking up the East Coast too far out at sea for land-based radars to provide definitive observations of the rain regions inside of the hurricane's clouds." The radar on the TRMM satellite provided this missing information during the satellite’s overflight of Hurricane Sandy.