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21 Named Storms From the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Sea surface temperatures surrounding Hurricane Katrina on August 27, 2005.  Sea surface temperatures surrounding Hurricane Rita on September 23, 2005.

The visualization that can be viewed by clicking on either the image of Katrina on the right or Rita on the left shows all 21 named storms during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, from Arlene to Wilma. Orange and red colors represent ocean temperatures at 82 degrees F or higher - the temperature required for hurricanes to form. Note the significant warming of Gulf waters in late August. Temperature data is from the AMSR-E instrument on the Aqua satellite, while the cloud images were taken by the Imager on the GOES-12 satellite. Click on either image to view animation. Credit: NASA

Download video frames from animation here: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003200/a003279/index.html

+ Print still Katrina (NOTE: 16.9 MB)
+ Print still Rita (NOTE: 9 MB)

For additional video resources and interview opportunities contact Sarah DeWitt 301-286-0535.

Sarah Dewitt
Goddard Space Flight Center