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Hurricane Isabel Genesis

This animation follows Hurricane Isabel (2003) from its birthplace in the Ethiopian Highlands of East Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the United States. Atlantic hurricanes are often formed as winds over the Gulf of Aden intersect with the Ethiopian Highlands. This animation zooms into the Ethiopian Highlands and shows several storms being formed. Then, the animation dissolves in a reticle to focus in specifically on the formation of Hurricane Isabel. The reticle follows the storm across Africa and into the Atlantic. The path and intensity of Hurricane Isabel is depicted by a colored path. Blue represents the genesis of the storm. Green is a Tropical Depression where winds are less than 39 miles per hour. Yellow is a Tropical Storm where winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour. Red is a category 1 hurricane where winds are between 74 and 95 miles per hour. Light Red is a category 2 hurricane with winds between 96 and 110 miles per hour. Magenta is a category 3 hurricane with winds between 111 and 130 miles per hour. Light magenta is a category 4 hurricane with winds between 131 and 154 miles per hour. White represents a category 5 hurricane where winds are greater than 155 miles per hour. Note how Isabel gains size and speed over the warm waters of the Atlantic.
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This animation follows Hurricane Isabel (2003) from its birthplace in the Ethiopian Highlands of East Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the United States.  Atlantic hurricanes are often formed as winds over the Gulf of Aden intersect with the Ethiopian Highlands.    This animation follows Hurricane Isabel (2003) from its birthplace in the Ethiopian Highlands of East Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the United States. Atlantic hurricanes are often formed as winds over the Gulf of Aden intersect with the Ethiopian Highlands.
Duration: 53.0 seconds
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This is where Hurricane Isabel was born on August 25, 2003. The movie follows the storm from this point until it makes landfall on September 18, 2003 in North Carolina.    This is where Hurricane Isabel was born on August 25, 2003. The movie follows the storm from this point until it makes landfall on September 18, 2003 in North Carolina.
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The Ethiopian Highlands in East Africa is the birthplace for many Atlantic hurricanes.    The Ethiopian Highlands in East Africa is the birthplace for many Atlantic hurricanes.

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Hurricane Isabel is classified as a Tropical Storm on September 6, 2003.    Hurricane Isabel is classified as a Tropical Storm on September 6, 2003.

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Hurricane makes landfall in North Carolina on September 18, 2003.    Hurricane makes landfall in North Carolina on September 18, 2003.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?2987
Animation Number:2987
Completed:2004-07-31
Animators:Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
 Alex Kekesi (GST)
Scientist:Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Infrared Global Geostationary Composite (2003/08/20 - 2003/09/19)
 TRMM and DMSP/SSM/I and TMI/3B4XRT (2003/08/27 - 2003/09/19)
 HURDAT
 METEOSAT-6/VISSR
 GOES-9/Imager
 GOES-8/Imager
 GMS-4/VISSR
 SRTM/SIR-C
Series:Hurricanes
 TRMM 3D Hurricanes
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Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Hurricane
SVS >> Isabel
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Location >> Red Sea
GCMD >> Location >> Ethiopia
GCMD >> Location >> Africa
GCMD >> Location >> Maryland
GCMD >> Location >> North Carolina
GCMD >> Location >> Virginia
SVS >> Gulf Of Aden
SVS >> GOES
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Atmospheric Circulation
SVS >> Hurricanes >> Isabel
SVS >> Atmospheric Science
SVS >> Meteorological Phenomenon
SVS >> Location >> Ethiopian Highlands
This work has been visible on
http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2004/0915isabel/media.html, Discovery Channel August 5/6, 2004
 
 


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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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