NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Alex, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, at noon EDT on Tuesday, August 3. Around that time, the Category 2 storm was pounding North Carolina's Outer Banks with winds of up to 100 miles an hour. It's expected to eventually turn east and head out to sea.
The resolution on this photo, from Terra's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), is 2 kilometers per pixel.
Image Credit: NASA
+ View Larger Image