Hurricane Kenna over Mexico
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Hurricane Kenna, the sixteenth tropical disturbance of the 2002 eastern Pacific hurricane season, explosively intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in less than 48 hours. On Friday, October 25, forecasters were expecting Kenna to make landfall over the western Mexican coast as a Category 4 storm. Kenna was born in the warm tropical waters of the eastern Pacific south of Mexico on October 22 to become the strongest storm to threaten the Americas in 2002.
This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite shows Kenna making landfall over Mexico on October 25, 2002. Bands of storm clouds stretch well north, and eventually brought heavy rain to an already soaked Gulf Coast.