• Released Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 10829

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Find out what fueled one of the worst hurricane seasons in history.

This season of storms went well past the typical Nov. 30 "end" of hurricane season.

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Hurricanes form in the southern Atlantic through a combination of easterly winds off Africa, warm ocean water and other factors.

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As hurricanes pass over warm water, they leave trails of cool water in their wake.

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Hurricane Wilma intensified from tropical storm to Category 5 in just over a day. It remains the strongest Atlantic cyclone ever recorded.

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NASA's TRMM spacecraft observed the internal structure of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 28, 2005.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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