|Hurricane Irene from space. NASA|
(I'm having difficulty finding photos with times on them.)
UPDATE 8/29/11: Although the hurricane lost strength because it ran into wind shear as it propagated up the east coast, damage is estimated at up to $10 billion, and President Obama cautions that cleanup from this event will take a long time.
Hurricane, already a Category 3 hurricane, is due to travel up the east coast this weekend. There is a video from NOAA here that traces its development up to the Category 2 state. At the moment (6:30 p.m. CDT) it has winds of 120 mph, and 200 miles (?) in diameter.
Update on 8/25: If it stays there for awhile, there is an excellent video animation of the progress of the hurricane up to 1:00 CDT here on CNN.com.
|8/27/11 Couldn't resist adding this cartoon|
by Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner
It is interesting to compare Irene with some previous storms. Here's a link to a post that I did on "super-typhoon Megi" that hit the Philippines in October, 2010, last year. It explains some of the dynamics of these storms. Here is one on Cyclone Yasi that hit Australia in February, 2010. Both of these were larger storms than Irene--the post on Yasi has it superposed on the U.S. that you might find of interest to compare with the image at the left where Irene is superposed on the east coast. Yasi was huge in comparison. Cyclone Tracy was fairly small, but caused so much damage in Australia that the song, "Santa Never Made it into Darwin," by Bill Cate and Boyd Robinson that was used as fund-raiser for the reconstruction effort has become legendary in Australia! The post on Tracy has an image of it (very small dot that's easy to miss) compared to Super Typhoon Tip, which is the largest and most intense cyclone on record.
|NASA image of Hurricane Irene|
on Friday 8/26/11
|Irene, on Friday 8/26NAS|