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Watch: NASA captures Hurricane Irma’s conception and demise in stunning GIF

Hurricane Irma is now no more, but the data gained from the storm is only just being collated and studied.

This week, NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (or SPoRT) compiled 10 days of imagery taken by the  GOES-16 weather satellite into a 96 second GIF. And yes, it’s as incredible as it sounds.

Although the video is a bit slower than its first attempt, NASA SPoRT’s GIF nonetheless tells the story of Irma — from her birth from a tropical wave, to her final hours as a tropical depression over the southeastern United States.

As Category 5 Irma churns away off the coast of Barbuda, Jose can be seen forming a few thousand kilometres behind her in the Atlantic Basic. And if you look really closely, you can make out what would become Hurricane Katia late last week (around a minute into the clip).

Have a look at the entire clip below.

  • Edward

    I don’t think this is a gif. They usually don’t have an option to pause…