Hurricane Isabel Genesis

Lori Perkins, Greg Shirah, Alex Kekesi, Jeff Halverson, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA/GSFC

This animation follows Hurricane Isabel (2003) from its birthplace in the Ethiopian Highlands of East Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the United States. First, the animation zooms into the Ethiopian Highlands and shows several storms being formed. Then, it dissolves in a reticle to focus in specifically on the formation of Hurricane Isabel. The reticle follows the storm across Africa and into the Atlantic. The path and intensity of Hurricane Isabel is depicted by a colored path. Note how Isabel gains size and speed over the warm waters of the Atlantic.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Animations/Video
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Environmental ScienceKeywords: Hurricane, Isabel, GCMD--Location--Africa, GCMD--Location--Ethiopia, Gulf of Aden, GCMD--Location--Red Sea, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, TRMM-3B4XRT, SRTM, GMS-4-VISSR, GOES-8-Imager, GOES-9-Imager, METEOSAT-6-VISSR, National Hurricane Center Tracking Information (HURDAT) data, Infrared Global Geostationary Composite