National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS)

Suomi NPP

JPSS Satellites Provide Unique Perspective of Hurricane Laura


Image Credit: CIMSS/NOAA


About two hours after Hurricane Laura made landfall Thursday morning, hammering the Louisiana and Texas coasts with 150 mile-per-hour winds and an “unsurvivable” storm surge, the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this image of the storm. The infrared image shows intense circulation and a clearly defined eye just north of the Gulf coastline and east of the Texas border.