Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma

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Caption: Hurricane Wilma. Sea temperature data from NASA's Aqua satellite and a satellite image of hurricane Wilma as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, on 20 October 2005. At this point the hurricane was a category 5 storm. Around the hurricane the sea temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (orange), several degrees warmer than the temperatures needed to form and fuel a hurricane. The coast of the US is at top and Cuba is at right. Wilma made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula on 21 October as a category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of over 240 kilometres per hour. It caused devastation along coastal tourist areas and cost at least 6 lives.

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