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Winds - Measuring ocean winds from space
Hurricane Season 2004
Hurricane Charley
Hurricane Charley

The SeaWinds scatterometer aboard NASA's QuikSCAT satellite collected the data used to create this colorful image of hurricane Charley as it approached Cuba on August 12th at 3:50 AM EDT. The colored background shows the near-surface wind speeds at 2.5 km resolution. The black barbs indicate wind speed and direction at QuikSCAT's nominal 25 km resolution; white barbs indicate areas of heavy rain.

The bright red area West of Florida is tropical storm Bonnie shortly before making landfall.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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