Tropical Storm Don became the first tropical system of the 2011 hurricane season to make landfall in the United States. Don was approaching the Texas coast on July 29, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite acquired this image. The storm made landfall late on July 29 and quickly dissipated.
It was hoped that Don would bring much-needed rain to drought-parched Texas. However, dry air pushed into the storm as it moved towards Texas, weakening it. As a result, says the National Weather Service, Don brought far less rain to Texas than expected. The storm’s weakening may even have been caused by the drought, says the National Weather Service. Most of Texas is still in exceptional or extreme drought.
- Baird, M. (2011, July 30). High heat, no rain after Tropical Storm Don disintegrates. Corpus Christi Caller Times. Accessed July 31, 2011.
- National Weather Service Corpus Christi, Texas. (2011, July 30). Drought information statement. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed July 31, 2011.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.