Video Description for NASA Tracks Freddy

Narration: George Huffman


Video Descriptions for NASA Tracks Freddy, Longest-lived Tropical Cyclone on Record

0:00 Data visualization showing the Southern Hemisphere with Australia and Indonesia visible to the right of the frame and a label for “Indian Ocean” on the left and center of the frame. A bar at the bottom shows both the accumulation and precipitation rates for Tropical Cyclone Freddy. The left bar reads “NASA IMERG Accumulation since 6 February, 2023, and shows a scale that goes from dark green (low) to dark purple (very high). The right scale reads “NASA IMERG Precipitation Rate, 3-hour average” and goes from white (very low) to dark blue (medium) and light yellow-green (very high). Additionally a small scale shows the category of the storm, ranging from “Depression/Storm” indicated in gray all the way to Category 5, indicated in dark red.

0:01 The above description applies throughout the video. Now a blue spiraled blob indicating the storm Freddy appears between Indonesia and the Northwest of Australia.

0:03 A graphic in the lower left reads “voice of George Huffman, Project Scientist, Global Precipitation Measurement Mission, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.” The camera then follows the track of Freddy as it leaves a trail of green and purple blobs indicating the rain accumulation, and the label of “Freddy” changes color to match its change in strength.

0:11 A closer framing of the storm visualization showing the origin of Freddy between Indonesia and Australia.

0:17 The map dissolves to show Freddy increasing in intensity, changing to a Category 5 storm as it nears Madagascar.

0:25 The map dissolves back to a wider framing where the long east to west track of Freddy is clearly visible, leaving trails of green and purple rain accumulation data behind.

0:39 The map dissolves to a close-up of Freddy after having reached Category 5 headed for the east coast of Madagascar. Freddy then crosses the bottom half of Madagascar and heads to Mozambique in eastern Africa where it makes landfall.

0:49 A photo appears in the bottom right of the screen showing widespread mudslides in Mozambique with trapped vehicles and lots of debris and people walking around in the aftermath.

0:53 Still in the closer framing, Freddy moves in an irregular loop over Mozambique on the map, with lots of higher rates of rain and accumulation, indicated by dark blues and purples.

1:05 An image showing a massive cyclonic cloud with an eye that makes landfall on Mozambique. This is from the satellite Meteosat-9 and shows the day and night cycle as Freddy approaches Mozambique.

1:10 Back to the NASA IMERG visualization showing Freddy’s long track across the Indian Ocean. The visualization dissolves to show the end of Freddy over Mozambique with the long track and accumulation data behind it. Mozambique and Madagascar are covered in purples, dark blues and greens indicating the high levels of rain rate and accumulation.

1:17 The same visualization shows the “Freddy” label and clouds fade out, leaving the storm track and accumulation data as the camera slowly pushes in.

1:21 The NASA logo, a blue circle with a red stylized arrow and a white orbit path around white letters reading “NASA”