Hurricane Lili Heads for Louisiana Landfall #2883

#2883 Hurricane Lili Heads for Louisiana Landfall by JVPD
Characteristics of a strengthening Category 3 Hurricane Lili are apparent in these images from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer(MISR), including a well-developed clearing at the hurricane eye. When these views were acquired on October 2, 2002, Lili was approaching the Gulf coast of the United States and rapidly strengthening toward Category 4 status. The storm's power reached its peak less than twelve hours later, and although it weakened overnight, this was still a dangerous system as it blew across the Louisiana coast on the morning of October 3. Lili was the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Irene in 1999. Twenty-eight parishes in Louisiana were declared disaster areas, yet this hurricane fortunately caused much less damage than what could have resulted from an event of this magnitude. The top panel uses data from MISR's vertical-viewing (nadir) camera and data from the red, near-infrared, and blue spectral bands is displayed as red, green and blue to create a false-color view in which land surfaces appear bright green. The nadir and stereo anaglyph views are identical in their band choices, except that the anaglyph uses data from the 26-degree forward-viewing camera for the red band. The images are oriented with north to the left. Observing the spectacular three-dimensional structure of the hurricane eyewall and of convective thunderclouds present in the storm's spiral arms requires the use of red-blue glasses, with the red filter placed over your left eye.

Photo Credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team [0003-0701-0214-1803] by 0003

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