Cool New Animation of Arthur (When He Was Just a Tot)

By Tom Yulsman | July 2, 2014 6:44 pm

Heavy rainfall surrounds the center of a low pressure system on June 29, 2014, as measured by NASA’s TRMM satellite. This low later developed into Tropical Storm Arthur. (Source: NASA/Hal Pierce, SSAI)

Check out this new animation depicting the low pressure system that would later transform into Tropical Storm Arthur. (But a warning: If you’re prone to motion sickness, you may want to take something for it beforehand… Just joking, sort of.)

The data, gathered on June 29th by NASA’s TRMM satellite, allowed scientists to construct 3D images of the storm. These images show areas of rainfall, the precipitation’s intensity, and how high into the atmosphere clouds have blossomed. Individual images were put together to create the animation above.

The red tips of the structures in the animation show thunderstorms that have risen fairly high in the atmosphere. As NASA puts it:

A few of the outer rain bands contained powerful thunderstorm ‘hot towers,’ or towering clouds that reached heights of about 8 miles (13 km) indicating strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall potential.

Since these data were gathered, the storm has intensified greatly. For the latest details, please see my earlier post from this afternoon.

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ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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