NASA satellite gets a 3D view of Sandy’s eye

The satellite image shows Sandy’s eyewall and rain bands, as well as the sourthernmost tip (upper left) of the weather system expected to merge with it.

(Credit: NASA)

Just in case your visual cortex hasn’t been flooded with hurricane graphics yet, NASA has this interesting view of Sandy’s interior.

The image was generated based on data gathered by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, part of a mission jointly run with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Launched in 1997, the satellite can measure rainfall and cloud heights in tropical cyclones, which include hurricanes like Sandy and the typhoons that frequently lash the Japanese archipelago, such as Typhoon Tip, the largest of its kind on record.

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