Hurricane Joaquin is slowly moving northward as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds.
It’s notoriously tricky to predict hurricanes, though we’re getting better about tracking where they’re going. And seeing the storm from space is one of the best ways to see the storm and where it’s headed.
Check out all the different ways meteorologists – amateur and professional alike – are keeping tabs on the storm.
Here’s how Joaquin has progressed, as seen by NOAA/NASA satellite from September 24 to October 1.
The satellites also help with measuring aspects of the storm, such as sea level pressure. The dark spot is the center of the storm on Thursday:
And wind speeds, as seen on Friday.
- Earth via Null School
Astronaut Scott Kelly snapped a picture of the storm from space as well, showing where it was in relation to Miami in the upper left corner.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 2, 2015
Others imaged the storm in context to the whole globe, as seen on Thursday. This image looks at the storm using European satellite agency EUMESTAT and NOAA satellite imaging.
- Copyright: 2015 EUMETSAT
But on the more scientific side, the NOAA has been closely monitoring Joaquin using GOES satellites. This image, taken using infrared satellite imaging shows the temperature of the clouds, which is used to determine storm intensity.