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NOAA Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Harvey

GOES-16 Sees Lightning from Hurricane Harvey

GOES-16 captured this animation of Hurricane Harvey showing cloud cover and optical lightning emissions on August 25-26, 2017. This loop was created by combining infrared imagery from GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager, which is useful for determining the cloud features both day and night, with imagery from the satellite's Geostationary Lightning Mapper, which observes total lightning (both in-cloud and cloud-to-ground) day and night across the Western Hemisphere. Forecasters can use this kind of imagery depicting both cloud cover and lightning flashes to get a better sense of storm intensification and thunderstorm severity during dangerous weather conditions.

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Harvey's Remnants Move to the Northeast

GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Tropical Depression Harvey at about 7:20 am CDT today, August 31, 2017. At 4:00 am CDT, NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey would be over northwestern Mississippi by this afternoon, the western Tennessee Valley region on Friday (9/1), and into the lower Ohio Valley early Saturday (9/2). The storm is expected to dissipate by Saturday afternoon.

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Harvey Moves Farther Inland

GOES-16 captured this geocolor imagery of Tropical Storm Harvey moving farther inland this afternoon, August 30, 2017. At 1:00 pm CDT, NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours as the storm moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to weaken to a tropical depression tonight. Created by our partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, this daytime geocolor imagery shows land and shallow-water features similar to how they would appear in true-color imagery.

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Harvey Makes Landfall Near Cameron, LA

This GOES-16 infrared animation shows Tropical Storm Harvey making landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana, at approximately 4:00 am CDT this morning, August 30, 2017. At 7:00 am CDT, NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast as the center of the storm moves farther inland, and Harvey is expected to become a tropical depression by tonight. This loop was created with Band-13, which is primarily used to monitor clouds and storm intensity, shown here by the green, yellow and red colors of the cloud tops. In general, the brighter colors indicate more intense areas of the storm system.

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Intense Storms Continue in the Houston Area

As seen in this one-minute visible imagery captured by GOES-16 earlier today, August 29, 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey continues to deliver intense rainstorms in the Houston area. Note the rough and bubbling cloud tops to the northeast of Galveston Bay. As of 10:00 am (CDT) on August 29, 2017, NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey is expected to be just offshore of the middle and upper coasts of Texas through tonight, then move inland over the northwestern Gulf coast early Wednesday (8/30). Harvey's maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is expected before the center moves inland. A gradual weakening should begin thereafter.

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Watch Harvey's Movements from the Evening of August 24 to Noon on August 28

This infrared imagery from GOES-16 shows the path and dissipation of Hurricane Harvey into a tropical storm during a more than 60-hour period beginning at about 8:00 pm (EDT) on August 24, 2017, and ending at noon on August 28. As of 1:00 pm CDT (on 8/28), NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts and forecasters say some slow intensification is possible during the next 48 hours. The storm is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches through Friday over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana.

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Rains to From Tropical Storm Harvey Continue over Texas, Louisiana

This infrared imagery from GOES-16 shows Tropical Storm Harvey earlier this morning, Monday, August 28, 2017. At 7:00 am CDT, NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was located about 25 miles northeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, and moving toward the southeast at approximately 3 mph. Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches through Friday (9/1) over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana. Isolated storm totals may reach 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.

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Harvey Moves over Texas after Making Landfall

This geocolor animation from GOES-16 shows Hurricane Harvey moving over Texas last night into this morning, August 26, 2017, after making landfall. According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, as of 9:00 am CDT Harvey was located about 85 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas, and moving north-northwest at 6 miles per hour. Harvey's maximum sustained winds have decreased to 75 miles per hour and forecasters say Harvey is likely to become a tropical storm later today.

Note: The city lights appearing in this animation are based on a static data set and do not reflect any power outages that may have occurred.

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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall on the Texas Coast

GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas coast at approximately 10:00 pm (CDT) on August 25, 2017. Harvey's maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph, making it a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Geocolor imagery displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. In nighttime imagery (shown here), liquid water clouds appear in shades of blue, ice clouds are grayish-white, water looks black, and land appears gray. The city lights are a static background created with VIIRS Day/Night Band imagery.

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Hurricane Harvey Is Now a Category 3 Storm

GOES-16 captured this geocolor imagery of Hurricane Harvey, which is now a category 3 storm, this afternoon, August 25, 2017. As of 3:00 pm (CDT), NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was located about 70 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and its maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 miles per hour. For the latest information on expected rainfall amounts, storm surge and areas at risk of flooding, some of which could be catastrophic, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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Harvey's Rainbands Reaching the Texas Coast

This blended visible/infrared imagery captured by GOES-16 on August 25, 2017, shows Hurricane Harvey's rainbands reaching the Texas coastline. As of 10:00 am (CDT), NOAA's National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was approximately 115 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters expect Harvey, which has maximum sustained winds near 110 mph with higher gusts, to make landfall on the middle Texas coast tonight or early Saturday (8/26). This loop was created by combining infrared and visible data into one animation. Doing so allows meteorologists to see a wider variety of features associated with Hurricane Harvey, such as the shadows cast by the taller cloud tops (as shown by the visible imagery) and the colder temperatures associated with the higher cloud tops (as shown by the brighter colors of the infrared imagery).

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Hurricane Harvey Is Now a Category 2 Storm

GOES-16 captured this infrared imagery of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of August 25, 2017. Harvey is now a Category 2 storm and (as of 7:00 am CDT on 8/25) approximately 140 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.This animation was created with Band-13 of GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager and shows cloud-top temperature, which is associated with storm intensity. The brighter the color, the colder the cloud top.

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Hurricane Harvey Moves Toward the Texas Coast

Hurricane Harvey continues moves closer to the Texas coast in this GOES-16 geocolor imagery from August 24, 2017. As of 1:00 pm (CDT on 8/24), the National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was about 335 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and packing winds near 85 miles per hour with higher gusts. During daylight hours, the experimental geocolor enhancement displays land, atmospheric, and shallow-water features in rich detail, which gives forecasters a more defined look at severe weather systems, including cyclones.

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GOES-16 Watches Strengthening Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf

This visible imagery from GOES-16 shows the rough texture of the cloud tops in the storms associated with the strengthening Tropical Storm Harvey (now a hurricane). This rough texture is indicative of strong vertical updrafts, which are a characteristic of intense storm activity. As of 10:00 am (CDT), Harvey was located about 365 miles south-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph with higher gusts. For the latest information about the storm, including information regarding rainfall and storm surge, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico

Image of the Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico

GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, August 24, 2017. Geocolor imagery enhancement shown here displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. This image, captured as daylight moves into the area, offers a blend of both, with nighttime features on the left side of the image and daytime on the right.

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GOES-16 Spies Tropical Depression Harvey

This infrared imagery from GOES-16 shows Tropical Depression Harvey (now a hurricane) in the Gulf of Mexico on the afternoon of August 23, 2017. At this time, the storm was about 470 miles southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, and had maximum sustain winds remain near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts. This loop was created with Band-13 of GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager, which offers spectacular views of meteorological phenomena such cloud top temperature. Colder cloud tops -- shown in green, yellow and red -- are associated with increased storm intensity.

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Hurricane Categories 1 through 5: Know the Difference!

Hurricane Categories 1 through 5: Know the Difference!

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Protect Your Home from Hurricane Winds

Protect Your Home from Hurricane Winds

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Storm Surge Warning Vs. Storm Surge Watch: Do You Know the Difference?

Storm Surge Warning Vs. Storm Surge Watch: Do You Know the Difference?

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