Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina- wavetops and clouds

esa082905 Hurricane Katrin water surface and cloudtops

Hurrican Katrin was imaged by the European Weather Satellite ENVISAT. The left image uses synthetic aperture radar to show surface roughness of the water. The eye is relatively calm and shows dark. The right image is a more conventional cloud-cover image made using the MERIS detector of reflected sunlight.

This was a beast of a storm. I'm glad that New Orleans escaped a direct hit.

UPDATE: There may still be trouble in New Orleans. A lakeside levee has been damaged, and water is coming in.

Image description is from Eurekanet

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