April 9, 2013
The MODIS instument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this tue-color image of a rapidly intensifying Hurricane Darby in the eastern Pacific Ocean. At the the time this image was taken Darby had maximum sustained winds 90 knots with higher gusts to 110 knots. Darby was moving towards the west-northwest at 11 knots and had a minimum central pressure of 970 millibars. Darby has a well-defined eye surrounded by a central dense overcast and cloud banding features. The image is available from the MODIS Rapid Response Team in multiple resolutions. Credit: Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA's Earth Observatory.
Topics: Vortices, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hurricane Darby, Tropical cyclone, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Eye, Fluid dynamics