Seeing Inside A Storm

  • Released Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:50PM

Hurricane Arthur became the first storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm formed on June 30 off the coast of Florida and was classified as a Category 2 hurricane when it made landfall over North Carolina on July 3. That morning, NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite passed over the hurricane, detecting the drops of water that descended from its winding clouds. The satellite, which launched in February 2014, has two instruments that measure the location and intensity of water falling from inside a storm. Such observations help scientists distinguish the structure of features that power a hurricane, providing clues as to whether or not a storm will strengthen. Watch the video to see a 2D and 3D visualization of Arthur's precipitation as the hurricane approached shore.

Satellite images show the storm taking shape off the coast of Florida on June 30 (left) and July 2 (right).

Satellite images show the storm taking shape off the coast of Florida on June 30 (left) and July 2 (right).

The eye of the hurricane can be seen in this 2D view of precipitation data taken by GPM.

The eye of the hurricane can be seen in this 2D view of precipitation data taken by GPM.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Satellite images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/MODIS Rapid Response Team