Satellites provided unusually detailed views of a hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast.
As Hurricane Isaac churned through the Caribbean Sea, past Florida, and toward the Gulf Coast, Earth-observing satellites watched every move. When the Category 1 storm finally battered the coast of Louisiana on August 28, 2012, multiple satellites produced striking views of the storm by day, by night, and in an experimental rapid-fire mode that showed incredibly fine detail of the storm's evolution. The GOES 14 satellite normally captures one image every 15 minutes. But as Isaac made landfall the weather satellite captured one image per minute, illuminating otherwise unseen detail. The movement of clouds at different altitudes creates a textured appearance while thunderstorms near the storm's core bubble up as dusk approaches. The animation shows the GOES 14 view of Isaac from dawn to dusk on August 28, a unique view of the storm as it hit the Gulf Coast.