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Intense String of Hurricanes Seen From Space

In 2017, we have seen four Atlantic storms rapidly intensify with three of those storms - Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria - making landfall.

When hurricanes intensify a large amount in a short period, scientists call this process rapid intensification. This is the hardest aspect of a storm to forecast and it can be most critical to people’s lives.

While any hurricane can threaten lives and cause damage with storm surges, floods, and extreme winds, a rapidly intensifying hurricane can greatly increase these risks while giving populations limited time to prepare and evacuate.

 

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Scientists:
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC)
Amber Emory (NASA/GSFC)
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC)
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland)

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Joy Ng (USRA)

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Patrick Lynch (NASA/GSFC)
Rob Gutro (NASA/GSFC)
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA)
Aries Keck (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Storms
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
NASA Science >> Earth

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