Watch Arthur Explode into a Cyclone and Head up Coast

By Tom Yulsman | July 3, 2014 4:23 pm

NASA’s Earth Observatory just published this dramatic video of Hurricane Arthur, based on data from the GOES-13 satellite.

It shows the evolution of the storm and its movement up the southern Atlantic coast from July 1 through today.

At about 7 seconds into the animation, the storm seems to explode and then take on a clear cyclonic form. Huge thunderstorm clouds begin to blossom in the storm’s arms. There’s another burst of activity and growth at about 50 seconds in, culminating finally in the formation of an eye-like structure.

In its latest update, published at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for Nantucket Island, as well as for Cape Cod from Provincetown to Chatham. Also, Environmental Canada has issued a tropical storm watch for Nova Scotia from Port Maitland eastward and northward to Point Aconi. For the latest details about the storm from the NHC, please click here.

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Hurricane Arthur. (Source: NASA)

Arthur now has a very clear eye as it bears down on North Carolina this evening, as seen in the image above captured by NASA’s Terra satellite at 12:15 p.m. on July 3.

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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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