Hurricane Allen in 3-D

Hurricane Allen in 3-D

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Credit: HASLER & PIERCE, NASA GSFC/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Computer-generated perspective view of Hurricane Allen, seen over the Gulf of Mexico on 8 August 1980. The superimposed grid shows latitude and longitude. The image was produced from two TIROS-N satellite images, one taken in visible light, the other in the infrared (at a wavelength of 11 microns). A computer uses the two data sets to calculate the heights of the cloud tops and to create a 3-D computer model of the storm. A 2- D image can then be generated, viewing the hurricane from any chosen height and angle.

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Keywords: climate, extreme, hurricane allen, image processing, meteorology, severe storm, storms, tiros-n imagery, weather

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