By September 9, 2012, Hurricane Michael’s wind speeds dropped from what they were two days earlier. A Category 1 hurricane, Michael had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour on September 9. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Michael was located roughly 955 miles (1,535 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores.
On September 9, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image. A fairly compact storm compared to nearby Tropical Storm Leslie, Michael nevertheless sported the spiral shape and distinct eye common in hurricanes.
By September 10, Michael’s wind speeds had dropped further, to 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour. The storm was headed west, but was expected to turn toward the northwest overnight and weaken further. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.
- National Hurricane Center. (2012, September 10) Hurricane Michael Advisory Archive. Accessed September 10, 2012.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.