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<< RETURN TO GALLERY
Hurricane Season 2004