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Hurricane Season 2005
Tropical Storm Arlene - June 9, 2005
Tropical Storm Arlene - June 9, 2005
06/09/2005

Tropical Storm Arlene spins off the southwestern tip of Cuba in this QuickSCAT image captured on June 9, 2005. The vibrant colors in this image depict relative wind speed, as measured by the sensor, with the highest wind speeds in red. Though the first tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Arlene is not a powerful storm. Its strongest winds were maintained around 35 knots about the time this image was acquired. Arlene strengthened slightly the following day, but was not expected to become an intense hurricane before making landfall.

The barbs indicate wind direction. The winds spiral around a calm center in a structure that is typical for a tropical storm, but the most powerful winds do not surround the center of the storm. Represented by red, these winds are north of the center.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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