Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall today in Nova Scotia. The storm brought heavy rainfall and severe winds and left hundreds of thousands without power.
Fiona had previously made landfall in Puerto Rico and impacted the Dominican Republic and Bermuda. While hurricanes are common in the tropical Atlantic, this is one of the strongest storms ever to reach Canada.
Hurricane Fiona was classified as a category 1 storm when it crossed Puerto Rico, but intensified to category 3 and 4 strength as it moved north through unusually warm water.
“Some forecasters discussed the idea that atmospheric conditions could lead Fiona to transform into a vast post-tropical superstorm similar to Hurricane Sandy. Others compared it to Hurricane Dorian, which struck Nova Scotia as a category 2 cyclone in 2019,” says NASA.
“The natural-color image above shows Hurricane Fiona in the late morning on September 23, 2022. The image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory