Hurricane Wilma (24L) over Mexico
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Hurricane Wilma was taking aim at Mexico’s Cozumel Island when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this image on October 21, 2005. The slow-moving storm wouldn’t officially make landfall for another five hours after this image was taken. Wilma was a strong Category 4 storm, with winds near 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour), down from the powerful Category 5 storm it had been the day before. In this image, Wilma has a classic hurricane shape with a large eye and tightly swirling bands of clouds.