Hurricane Frances in the Atlantic

Hurricane Frances in the Atlantic
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Frances churning in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on August 27, 2004, at 16:40 UTC (12:40 EDT). At the time this image was taken Frances was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 km/hr (105 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 970 millibars. Frances was moving towards the west-northwest at 17 km/hr (10 mph).

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  • Data Date:

    August 27, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    August 27, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration