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GOES Satellite Video of 2011 Hurricane Season Released
12.01.11
 
GOES-13 satellite video of all 19 tropical cyclones that formed in the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Click to view video
Video from the GOES-13 satellite that takes the viewer through all 19 tropical cyclones that formed in the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
GOES Satellite Video of 2011 Hurricane Season Released

The GOES series of satellites provide continuous (every 30 minutes) satellite information for the U.S. and are critical during hurricane season. GOES-11 and GOES-13 provide infrared and visible satellite data over the western and eastern U.S. and eastern Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. The 2011 hurricane season is now available in one video from NOAA. GOES satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA just released a video from the GOES-13 satellite that takes the viewer through all 19 tropical cyclones that formed in the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Supplemental animations and images were also created by NASA's GOES Project. Those animations show activity in each month of the 2011 hurricane season. The NASA GOES Project is located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. For the NASA GOES Project's high resolution versions of activity each month of the hurricane season, visit: http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/text/goes13results.html#2011_alley.jpg. The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season ended on Nov. 30 and it was an active season. The GOES-13 satellite animation shows the season's 19 tropical storms (seven made it to hurricane status, and three of those major hurricane status). This was the busiest hurricane season since 1995. Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee made the most news. Irene for its devastation from the Mid-Atlantic U.S. states into New England, and Tropical Storm Lee because of its soaking rains from the Gulf coast into New England. Vermont reported record-breaking rainfall and some of the most severe flooding it has seen. According to NOAA, "Hurricane Irene's effects in the Caribbean and the United States led to 43 deaths and accounted for the bulk of this season's damage at $7.3 billion. Irene was the first landfalling hurricane in New Jersey in 108 years." NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that the first eight tropical storms didn't reach hurricane status, and that was a record that stood since reporting began in 1851 (at least reliable reporting). For a look back at individual storms, visit NASA's Hurricane Page archive for 2011. NASA's Hurricane page is located at www.nasa.gov/hurricane and is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Text credit: Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.