Inside Hurricane Maria in 360°

  • Released Thursday, October 4, 2018
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Two days before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the NASA-Japan Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite captured a 3-D view of the storm. At the time Maria was a Category 1 hurricane. The 3-D view reveals the processes inside the hurricane that would fuel the storm’s intensification to a category 5 within 24 hours.

For the first time in 360-degrees, this data visualization takes you inside the hurricane. The precipitation satellite has an advanced radar that measures both liquid and frozen water. The brightly colored dots show areas of rainfall, where green and yellow show low rates and red and purple show high rates. At the top of the hurricane, where temperatures are colder, blue and purple dots show light and heavy frozen precipitation. The colored areas below the dots show how much rain is falling at the surface.

Created by: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Data Sources:

• NASA/GPM Dual Precipitation Radar (DPR) precipitation rate and drop size distribution data

• NASA/GPM GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) ground precipitation data

• NASA/Bluemarble land imagery

• NOAA/GOES16 cloud data

• Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission

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This page was originally published on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:46 PM EDT.


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