Northern and Central Scotland could feel the brunt of the hurricane’s blast. Take a look at the updated data below from the NOAA and NASA, which shows areas on a scale of red to deep purple.
Visions Of Irene’s Beauties
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this “beautiful” imagery of Hurricane Irene that NASA used to warn of the impending storm’s impact on the U.S. could possibly be worth at least 10,000 words.
NASA makes a powerful point that with its retro-looking satellite images, hearkening back to space shuttles and Apollo moon launches, the results of an analytical instrument like “the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite” (VIIRS) can show us the past, present, and future:
At the time, Hurricane Irene was around 3,000 miles south of New York City. A slowed-down hurricane, it started to track away, but three days later, the eye of the storm was still several hundred miles away. Hurricane Irene was less than 50 miles from landfall with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. NASA believes the eye of the hurricane was only 10 miles off the northeast coast of North Carolina.
These slick maps clearly show the complexities of mapping storms, which may be well before a similar gathering of eyes on the ground can begin. But it’s also clear from the information at hand that the path of the hurricane is one of the most compelling questions the public will be asking for months to come.