Sandy’s death spiral

As I write this, my home state of Maryland is under a state of emergency, along with the entire Mid-Atlantic region and New England. And there’s a good reason why, check this out:

That’s a time-lapse view of Hurricane Sandy as seen from geostationary orbit – 22,300 miles (35,800 km) above Earth – by NOAA’s GOES-14 satellite. The images were taken once per minute from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Tiem on October 28, 2012. The result is about 12 hours from sunup to sundown compressed into a 30-second video.

You can really start to see an eye develop around the 20-second mark as it makes its way out to sea, gaining strength as she goes.

As amazing as it is, Sandy is not to be trifled with, so please keep an eye on the National Hurricane Center’s website for updates. I’ll be doing the same, as we appear to be right along the path of Sandy as she comes through. Stay dry!

NASA animation by Kevin Ward, using images from NOAA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

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