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27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta

Many records were broken during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season including the most hurricanes ever, the most category 5 hurricanes, and the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic as measured by atmospheric pressure. This visualization shows all 27 named storms that formed in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and examines some of the conditions that made hurricane formation so favorable.

The animation begins by showing the regions of warm water that are favorable for storm development advancing northward through the peak of hurricane season and then receding as the waters cool. The thermal energy in these warm waters powers the hurricanes. Strong shearing winds in the troposphere can disrupt developing young storms, but measurements indicate that there was very little shearing wind activity in 2005 to impede storm formation.

Sea surface temperatures, clouds, storm tracks, and hurricane category labels are shown as the hurricane season progresses.

This visualization shows some of the actual data that NASA and NOAA satellites measured in 2005 -- data used to predict the paths and intensities of hurricanes. Satellite data play a vital role in helping us understand the land, ocean, and atmosphere systems that have such dramatic effects on our lives.

NOTE: This animation shows the named storms from the 2005 hurricane season. During a re-analysis of 2005, NOAA's Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center determined that a short-lived subtropcial storm developed near the Azores Islands in late September, increasing the 2005 tropical storm count from 27 to 28. This storm was not named and is not shown in this animation.

'27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta' played in the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival in August 2007. It was also a finalist in the 2006 NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

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Sea surface temperatures and clouds with annotations  except storm menu and strengths    Sea surface temperatures and clouds with annotations except storm menu and strengths
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Hurricane Katrina on 28 August 2005    Hurricane Katrina on 28 August 2005

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Hurricane Rita on 22 September 2005    Hurricane Rita on 22 September 2005

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Hurricane Wilma on 24 October 2005    Hurricane Wilma on 24 October 2005

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3354
Animation Number:3354
Completed:2006-03-01
Animators:Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Alex Kekesi (GST)
 Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
 Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
 Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST)
 Marte Newcombe (GST)
 Randall Jones (GST)
 Jeff De La Beaujardiere (NASA)
 Eric Sokolowsky (GST)
 Cindy Starr (GST)
 James W. Williams (GST)
 Jesse Allen (Raytheon)
 Tom Bridgman (GST)
Narrator:Michael Starobin (HTSI)
Scientist:Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC)
Project Support:Kevin Mahoney (CSC)
 Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Writer:Michael Starobin (HTSI)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Hurricane/Tropical Data (2005/06/01 through 2006/01/07)
 TOPEX/Poseidon/Sea Surface Height Anomaly (2005/06/01 through 2006/01/07)
 Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature (2005/06/01 through 2006/01/07)
 GOES/IR4 (2005/06/01 through 2006/01/07)
Series:Narrated Movies
Goddard TV Tape:G2005-005B
Please give credit for this item to:
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Additional credits:
Sea surface temperature Data by Remote Sensing Systems and sponsored by the NASA Earth Science REASoN DISCOVER Project and the AMSRE-E Science Team.

NCEP Cloud composite courtesy of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

Storm tracks and strenghts courtesy of NOAA's National Weather Service.

Blue Marble MODIS data composite courtesy of the MODIS Science Team NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the NASA Earth Observatory.

Music created and produced by UniqueTracks. Fantasy (theme from Norma) - Vincenzo Bellini.
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Hurricane
DLESE >> Natural hazards
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
SVS >> iPod
SVS >> GOES
SVS >> Copenhagen
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Voice Over Talent
 
 


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