Colour-enhanced IR image of Hurricane Andrew

Colour-enhanced IR image of Hurricane Andrew

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Caption: Hurricane Andrew. Colour-enhanced infrared image of the storm Hurricane Andrew, seen on 24 August 1992. The colours approximate to cloud thickness, on a scale from red (thickest) through pink, yellow and blue to black (clear sky). Here, the the hurricane is seen as it passes over the state of Louisiana. Winds in the storm reached sustained speeds of 230 km/h (140 mph), and caused over $20 billion of damage. The hurricane travelled across Florida, over the Gulf of Mexico, then north to Louisiana before dispersing. The use of such satellite imagery allowed evacuations to be planned, so that only a few fatalaties occurred.

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