Hurricane Elena in 3-D

Hurricane Elena in 3-D

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

Caption: Computer-generated perspective view of Hurricane Elena, seen over the Gulf of Mexico on 1 September, 1985. Florida and parts of Alabama and Georgia are outlined in red and the superimposed grid shows latitude and longitude. The image was produced from two NOAA-8 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 elena, image processing, meteorology, noaa-8 imagery, severe storm, storms, weather

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