Hurricane Issac From Space

Hurricane Isaac: 2 Views

Here are two contrasting views of Hurricane Isaac as it approaches the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and New Orleans.
One view is of the hurricane taken by NASA’s AQUA satellite yesterday afternoon (28 August).
The second picture is a night view of the gulf coast as seen through the lens of the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) on the Suomi-NPP satellite, (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership). “Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.”

Click here to see a night image of the hurricane taken early this morning (29 August)

Tracking Hurricanes

Watching the weather news coverage of Hurricane Isaac had me go off in search of software or online resources for tracking this hurricane as well as past hurricanes. There are computer programs, and apps for smartphones however I decided to stick with online resources. So with that in mind here a few of the many web sites that will allow for observing hurricanes whether it is for home/personal use or for use with students in the classroom.

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TV Station WRAL in Raleigh NC maintains an interactive hurricane tracking and modeling web site as shown in the graphic.
On NASA’s Hurricane resource web site there are many links under the Educator’s page leading to videos, podcasts,posters, and other resources relating to hurricane study as conducted by NASA.
Faculty at Pennsylvania State University have developed a hurricane tracking web site, the Real-time Atlantic Hurricane Forecast, where a variety of maps and graphics are displayed showing location and path of each hurricane selected.
The National Hurricane Center, of the National Weather Service, is probably the ‘goto’ web site for things relating to hurricanes, or weather in general.