Tracking the conditions that could strengthen Hurricane Florence •

Last update: January 24th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the environmental conditions that are being monitored across the Atlantic that will influence the strength and direction of Hurricane Florence.

Remote sensing researchers and forecasters are compiling satellite images and data that could not only help with preparation efforts in the final hours before the storm, but could also inform recovery efforts after landfall.

Ocean temperatures and wind shear are the two main factors that will determine whether Florence intensifies as it approaches the east coast of the United States on Thursday. Low wind shear and warm ocean waters are the conditions that allow hurricanes to persist and strengthen.

The data for this map was acquired by Coral Reef Watch using a combination of observations from the Suomi NPP, MTSAT, Meteosat, and GOES satellites and computer models.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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