Earth  ID: 3235

GOES-10 Imagery of Hurricane Katrina: Full Disk Longwave Infrared (WMS)

The GOES-10 satellite sits at 135 degrees west longitude at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers over the equator, in geosynchronous orbit. At this position its Imager instrument takes pictures of cloud patterns in several wavelengths for the Pacific Ocean, a primary measurement used in weather forecasting. Every three hours the Imager takes a picture of the full disk of the Earth. This animation shows a sequence of these full disk images in the longwave infrared wavelengths, from 10.2 to 11.2 microns, during the period that Hurricane Katrina passed through the Gulf of Mexico. This wavelength band is the most common one for observing cloud motions and severe storms throughout the day and night.

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Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Dennis Chesters (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Meteorological Hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Infrared Wavelengths >> Infrared Imagery
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Sensor Characteristics >> Viewing Geometry
NASA Science >> Earth

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