Storm and Sparkles
Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast as the city lights of the Southeast shine in this satellite image taken just after midnight on Aug. 28. The storm made landfall twice in Louisiana overnight. As of 9 a.m. local time this morning (Aug.29), winds were blowing 75 miles per hour and the storm's center was 40 miles (64 km) southwest of New Orleans.
The Suomi NPP satellite, which orbits Earth 14 times a day, captured this image with its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).
At 1:35pm CDT on August 28, 2012 the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite flew over Isaac, capturing this image of the storm with the true color capability of the VIIRS sensor.
The Big Easy
Hurricane Isaac approaches Louisiana in this Terra satellite image taken at 12:30 p.m. EDT (16:30 UTC).
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft report indicates that maximum winds associated with Isaac have increased to 75 mph. On this basis, Isaac is being upgraded to a hurricane. This image is from GOES East at 1615Z on August 28, 2012.
Hurricane Warnings have been posted for east of Morgan City, LA to Destin, FL including metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. This image was taken by GOES East at 1545Z on August 27, 2012.
Still a Tropical Storm
Tropical Storm Isaac still lacks organization in its inner core and limited strengthening is expected before the cyclone begins to interact with Hispaniola in the next 24 hours. Isaac is forecast to change little as it moves over portions of Cuba, but has opportunities to strengthen once it moves over the Straights of Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. This image was taken by GOES East at 1315Z on August 24, 2012.
Tropical Storm Isaac was captured by the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite in the afternoon of August 22. Isaac is forecast to strengthen on its path through the Caribbean toward Florida, although forecasters caution that interaction with land remains a complicating factor to knowing its precise path and intensification. This image was taken by the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite around 1700Z on August 22, 2012.
Hurricane Isaac Heads Toward New Orleans
GOES-14 Image of Hurricane Isaac
Sunrise inside Tropical Storm Isaac on Aug. 24.
Sunset inside the storm: An image taken from a research plane on the evening of Aug. 23.
Waves along Avenida Primera in Miramar, Havana, Cuba from Hurricane Isaac. Photo taken Aug. 26, 2012.