Rare South Atlantic Tropical Cyclone

Rare South Atlantic Tropical Cyclone
  • Credit:

    Image and caption coutesy of W. Timothy Liu at JPL, Project Scientist of QuikSCAT.

NASA’s Quick Scatterometer spacecraft and its SeaWinds instrument tracked the development of an unusual storm in the South Atlantic ocean for several days at the end of March 2004. The storm was declared a hurricane before it came ashore in Brazil, though its status as a hurricane is being contested. The storm caused considerable damage, including some deaths. This was the first hurricane observed in the South Atlantic since the start of meteorological satellites in the sixties. In the image captured on March 27, 2004, white arrows representing wind speed and direction are superimposed on the color image of wind speeds.

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  • Data Date:

    March 27, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    April 7, 2004
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