NASA astronaut Bob Behnken noticed Hurricane Hanna from the International Space Station because it swirled over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday (July 24). Hanna made landfall in southern Texas on Saturday and has since been reclassified as a tropical storm.
The astronaut, who is ready to return to Earth Sunday (Aug. 2) on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, shared a picture of the storm, circulating simply subsequent to the black of area and some items of know-how jutting out from the area station.
Video: Hurricane Hanna seen by space station and satellite
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Snapped this photograph of the storm within the Gulf of Mexico on Friday because it was beginning to have observable construction from @Space_Station. #HurricaneHanna pic.twitter.com/KiamE0lmKkJuly 26, 2020
“Snapped this photograph of the storm within the Gulf of Mexico on Friday because it was beginning to have observable construction from @Space_Station. #HurricaneHanna” Behnken wrote on Twitter. Behnken’s Expedition 63 crewmate and Crew Dragon co-pilot Doug Hurley also tweeted a photo of Hurricane Hanna from area.
Behnken and Hurley weren’t the one ones to seize the storm from area. The AIRS (Atmospheric Infrared Sounder) instrument, which research Earth’s local weather and climate, on NASA’s Earth-observing Aqua satellite tv for pc has been watching the storm. Hanna made landfall as a Class 1 hurricane at round 5 p.m. native time on Saturday (July 25) over Padre Island, Texas.
Since hitting land in South Texas on Saturday, the storm has continued to decrease and, within the early morning on Sunday (July 26) it had weakened to a tropical storm after which, by the afternoon, to a tropical melancholy.
A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone with most sustained floor winds between 39 and 73 mph (34 to 63 knots) whereas a tropical melancholy has winds that common one-minute lengthy and are usually round 38 mph (33 knots.)
Hanna will proceed to journey over northeastern Mexico and is ready to dissipate by late within the day at the moment (July 27), in accordance with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart.
Within the AIRS picture above (taken at 1:35 a.m. native time July 26), you may see darkish purple spots that are the areas within the storm with chilly clouds excessive in Earth’s environment. These kind of clouds are anticipated to provide a number of heavy rain.
One other hurricane within the Pacific
Hanna is not the one storm on the town. AIRS has additionally been monitoring Hurricane Douglas, a storm that has been surging towards Hawaii within the Pacific Ocean. The Class 1 hurricane has introduced most sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/ph) as of Sunday morning (July 26.)
The storm is forecasted to boost water ranges as excessive as three ft (0.9 meters) above regular ranges and will unleash as a lot as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain not the Hawaiian Islands, according to NASA. There’s concern that Douglas may straight hit parts of the islands.
Within the first picture beneath, taken by AIRS at 1:53 a.m. native time July 26, you may see darkish purple spots which, just like the AIRS picture of Hanna, signify chilly, high-altitude clouds and heavy rainfall.
NASA’s AIRS instrument captured this picture of Hurricane Douglas at 1:53 a.m. native time on July 26, 2020, because the storm swept in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands.
This satellite tv for pc picture of Hurricane Douglas was captured by the Reasonable Decision Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite tv for pc on July 23, 2020, at roughly 9:45 p.m. Hawaiian Customary Time.
On July 24 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT), the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite tv for pc supplied a visual picture of Hurricane Douglas because it continued on a observe towards the Hawaiian Islands. The picture confirmed a transparent eye with a round construction.
On July 24, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT), the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite tv for pc gathered temperature details about Hurricane Douglas’ cloud tops. MODIS discovered probably the most highly effective thunderstorms (purple) have been within the eyewall, the place temperatures have been as chilly as or colder than minus 70 levels Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 Celsius).
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