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CyMISS Image of the Month: A 3D View of Tropical Cyclone Gita from the ISS

13 Feb 2019, 14:02 UTC
CyMISS Image of the Month: A 3D View of Tropical Cyclone Gita from the ISS
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During the last four years of the CyMISS (Tropical Cyclone Intensity Measurements from the ISS) program, our team has acquired image sequences of several dozen powerful hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones scattered across the globe. While 2018 proved to be a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic, it also saw a number of powerful tropical cyclones in the southern hemisphere earlier in the year. One of these storms was Tropical Cyclone Gita which was observed by the crew of the ISS in support of CyMISS during overpasses on February 13 and 14, 2018. The individual photographs from the original 240-image sequence from the February 13 overpass were remapped to approximate an overhead view before they were stitched together into a synoptic color mosaic covering an area of 1,200 by 800 kilometers shown below. Notice that the cloud bands of this southern hemisphere storm display a clockwise rotation – the opposite of its northern hemisphere kin. A high-resolution version of this synoptic mosaic with an image scale of 500 meters/pixel can be viewed by clicking on the image below (for more information on this overpass, see “CyMISS Image of the Month: Tropical Cyclone Gita”).
This mosaic shows Tropical Cyclone Gita as ...

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