2020 Hurricane Season
- Visualizations by:
- Alex Kekesi and
- Greg Shirah
- Scientific consulting by:
- Dalia B Kirschbaum and
- George Huffman
- Produced by:
- Ryan Fitzgibbons
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This visualization shows the hurricanes and tropical storms of 2020 as seen by NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) - a data product combining precipitation observations from infrared and microwave satellite sensors united by the GPM Core Observatory. IMERG provides near real-time half-hourly precipitation estimates at ~10km resolution for the entire globe, helping researchers better understand Earth’s water cycle and extreme weather events, with applications for disaster management, tracking disease, resource management, energy production and food security. IMERG rain rates (in mm/hr) are overlaid on infrared cloud data from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Cloud Composite dataset together with storm tracks from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting (ATCF) model. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are also shown over the oceans, derived from the NASA Multi-sensor Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) dataset, which combines data from multiple geostationary and orbiting satellites. Sea surface temperatures play an important role in hurricane formation and development, with warmer temperatures linked to more intense storms. 2020 was the warmest year on record, and this year’s hurricane season brought many examples of storms that intensified quickly: ten of the 30 named storms showed rapid intensification.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Storm tracks and strengths courtesy of NOAA's National Weather Service.
Blue Marble MODIS data composite courtesy of the MODIS Science Team NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the NASA Earth Observatory.
Music created and produced by UniqueTracks. Fantasy (theme from Norma) - Vincenzo Bellini.
- Alex Kekesi (GST) [Lead]
- Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) [Lead]
- Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
- Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC) [Lead]
- George Huffman (NASA/GSFC) [Lead]
- Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC)
- Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle) [Lead]
- Ian Jones (ADNET)
- Laurence Schuler (ADNET)
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Datasets used in this visualization
Hurricane Tracks (A.K.A. Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecast (ATCF) - Best Track)
Dataset can be found at: https://ftp.nhc.noaa.gov/atcf/See more visualizations using this data set
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite
Global cloud cover from multiple satellitesSee more visualizations using this data set
MUR SST (A.K.A. Multi-scale Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Analysis)
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