Tropical storm Matthew, as of now a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, keeps on to bear down on the southeastern United States. today, NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on board NASA’s Aqua satellite watched the storm as its eye was passing over the Bahamas.
The AIRS false-color infrared picture demonstrates that the upper east and southwest quadrants of the storm had the coldest cloud tops, meaning the areas of the storm where the most grounded precipitation was happening at the time. Information from the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU), another of AIRS’ suite of instruments, demonstrate that the upper east quadrant, which seems smaller in the infrared picture, likely had the most serious rain bands at the time.
The AIRS infrared picture shows that at the time of the image the storm had full dissemination, with a little eye encompassed by a thick eye wall.
(photo by APP)