Hurricane Catarina hits Brazil
April 5, 2004
Until this past week only two tropical cyclones had ever been noted in the South Atlantic Basin, and no hurricanes. However, late last week, a circulation center well off the coast of southern Brazil developed tropical cyclone characteristics and continued to intensify as it moved westward. The system developed an eye and apparently reached hurricane strength on Friday, March 28, before eventually making landfall late on Saturday, March 27, 2004. The crew of the International Space Station was notified of the cyclone and acquired excellent photographss of the storm just as it made landfall on the southern Brazilian state of Catarina.