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.
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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.
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 11, 2017