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Hurricane Isabel Florida USA
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Hurricane Isabel, Florida, USA

January 19, 2006
A day before it reached land, Hurricane Isabel was captured in this Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) reduced resolution image.

The image shows the huge extent of this hurricane, over 100 kilometers in width. At the time of acquisition, Isabel stretched from the coast of Maryland to the tip of Florida. Storm warnings were in effect over an area some 500 kilometers long, from north to south.

At the center of the storm the 'eye', a calm area of intense low pressure, is readily visible. The eye may be as much as 64 kilometers in diameter. It is surrounded by the 'eyewall', a vortex of dense cloud, where hurricane winds revolve at their fastest. The outer areas are thunderstorms, which brought intense rainfall and flooding to the North American coast.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 17-Sep-2003
  • Orbit nr: 08095
  • Center coordinates: lat. 31.17, lon. -64.80