May 20, 2013
Though it was considerably weakened from its peak strength as a Category 4 hurricane, Felicia remained a strong Category 1 hurricane on August 8, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image. Sustained wind speeds were estimated to be 80 knots (92 mph), with gusts up to 100 knots. Compared to its appearance on August 5, the storm seemed less tightly wound, and the eye was larger and filled with clouds. Felicia was headed west, toward Hawaii. Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
Topics: Spaceflight, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Spacecraft, Weather, Hurricane Felicia, Terra, Earth, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Disaster Accident