Hurricane Isaac and the hurricane of satellite photos in Facebook, Twitter

I’m noticing a boom in crazy-good satellite photos of Hurricane Isaac. They are full color, super-detailed, route and rain predictions, and (my favorite) cloud formations.

I’m not sure why this is happening. Perhaps, it is the upgrade to our GOES weather satellites, or that the government has taken to social media like kids to water.

Either way, I think it’s pretty cool and may end up helping out someone in harm’s way.


Here are some of the photos ‘storming’ my networks:


(image: UT San Diego)


(image: NASA on Facebook)


(image: Mari Thomas)


(image: UT San Diego)


(image: NOAA)


(image: UT San Diego)


NASA’s TRMM satellite flew above tropical storm Isaac on Aug. 24 2:13 a.m. EDT and revealed heavy rainfall around Isaac’s center. Rainfall rates were over 90mm/hr (~3.54 inches) within several strong convective storms (red). TRMM Precipitation Radar data were used to make a 3-D view of Isaac’s structure that showed some storms near Isaac’s center were reaching heights of about 16km (~9.94 miles). These towers contain Isaac’s heaviest rains and act to energize the core of the storm. (image: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce)


And, finally, a prediction from Surfline about how this will affect the waves (look for the little arrows):


(image: Mike Sidebottom)

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