Hurricane Wilma (24L) over Mexico

Hurricane Wilma (24L) over Mexico
  • Credit:

    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.

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  • Data Date:

    October 21, 2005
  • Visualization Date:

    October 21, 2005
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration