Satellites, astronauts and aircraft show the strength of Hurricane Ian

  • Views from space show Hurricane Ian as it reached Florida on Wednesday.
  • Hurricane hunters who flew into the eye of the storm found it violent and filled with lightning.
  • The storm is a Category 4 hurricane, with winds up to 150 mph and life-threatening storms.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught a glimpse of Hurricane Ian the Great as it made landfall on Florida’s west coast Wednesday afternoon.

The International Space Station flew over the storm, radiating stunning but frightening footage of thick, rolling clouds from a Category 4 hurricane.

Ian made landfall at 3:05 p.m. ET with sustained winds of 150 mph, just shy of a Category 5 storm.

International Space Station wing flying over a huge swirling cloud hurricane with an arrow pointing to the eye

The International Space Station flies over the eye of Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022.


A satellite captured the eye of the storm, below, as it moved over Earth, in footage shared by the Collaborative Institute for Atmospheric Research, a collaboration between Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Other views from space, captured by satellite, show the hurricane covering nearly all of Florida.

This satellite image shows Hurricane Ian engulfing Florida on September 28

A satellite image shows Hurricane Ian moving over Florida, on September 28, 2022.


Ian grew and developed strong winds as she moved through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While not a single storm can be linked to the climate crisis without further research, Hurricanes are generally getting stronger, slower and wetter As the atmosphere and oceans are warm.

Ian’s powerful churning and sophisticated eye are more evident in the infrared satellite animation below.

Animation of infrared satellite imagery shows Hurricane Ian engulfing Florida on September 28

Infrared satellite imagery shows Hurricane Ian as its eye moves over southwest Florida, on September 28, 2022.


Horrific Journeys Through the Eye of the Storm

When Air Force hurricane hunters flew into the eye of Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, they encountered surprisingly strong winds. The turbulence pushed the plane to a landing of nearly 700 feet. to me Meteorologist at the Air Force. (He was not on the flight).

Dave Malkov, the Weather Channel reporter who accompanied the group on the plane, mentioned That drop was more than 1,000 feet. He said there was also a cold.

“There was no calm inside the eye,” said Malikov. wrote on Twitter when landing.

A NOAA reconnaissance aircraft called the Kermit experienced similar turbulence while flying over the Eye of Ian. Nick Underwood, engineer on board subscriber Video from inside the flight, showing mattresses falling from bunk beds as the plane was scrambled.

“We’re kind of used to feeling rollercoaster rides up and down, but in this case, there was a lot of lateral movement,” Underwood said. New York times. “It was more worrying.”

He also shared a photo of the hurricane’s heart lit up by lightning.

“I understand this at night. THE LIGHTNING,” UNDERWOOD Wrote.

“This trip to Hurricane Ian on Kermit was the worst trip I’ve ever had,” Underwood said. “I’ve never seen such lightning in an eye.”

He said the ride was “so wild,” adding, “I’m glad we only made one pass.”

The satellite also picked up lightning near the eye of the storm when it made landfall.

Hurricane Ian is expected to creep northeast across the state, plow out of the Florida peninsula late Thursday and advance to Georgia or South Carolina on Friday.


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