Hurricane Lili strengthened as it passed over the Gulf of Mexico and headed towards the U.S. coast. It was reclassified as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 135 mph. The storm is projected to make landfall tomorrow in the same part of Louisiana that Tropical Storm Isidore dumped over 20 inches of rain just one week ago. Evacuation orders have been issued to nearly a half-million people in Louisiana and Texas. A storm surge of 10-12 feet is expected along the immediate coast line.
Cut across the storms cloud to reveal the underlying rain structure. Yellow denotes areas of rain with 0.5 inches of rain per hour, Green denotes areas of 1.0 inches of rain per hour and Red shows areas with more than 2.0 inches of rain per hour.
This is the rain structure of Hurricane Lili with all of the clouds removed on October 2, 2002. Yellow denotes areas of rain with 0.5 inches of rain per hour, Green denotes areas of 1.0 inches of rain per hour and Red shows areas with more than 2.0 inches of rain per hour
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
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 184.108.40.206.0