2021 Hurricane Season through September
This visualization shows the hurricanes and tropical storms of 2021 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 laid under 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.
This data visualization was done for the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Conference of the Parties (COP) 26. The 2021 hurricane season officially ends November 30th. This data visualization will be periodically updated until that date.
Please give credit for this item to:
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.
- Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC) [Lead]
Datasets used in this visualization
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud CompositeID: 600Data Compilation Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 5/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
Global cloud cover from multiple satellitesSee all pages that use this dataset
MUR SST (Multi-scale Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Analysis)ID: 845Analysis JPL PO DAAC 5/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
IMERGID: 863Data Compilation NASA/GSFC 5/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
This dataset can be found at: http://pmm.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/document_files/IMERG_ATBD_V4.4.pdfSee all pages that use this dataset
Hurricane Tracks (Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecast (ATCF) - Best Track)ID: 1109Event List NOAA 5/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
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