Climatology, Earth, Earth Sciences, NASA

How NASA Is Helping With Hurricane Harvey Forecasts

NASA is providing updates on Hurricane Harvey from the International Space Station as it continues to rain down on Texas and Louisiana.

“NASA focuses on developing new research capabilities that can be used by our partners in the operational and response communities,” said Dalia Kirschbaum, Research Physical Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “While we continue to innovate in the type of information from satellites, models, and airborne platforms, the main focus is to ensure that the partners that are responding operationally to this event have the information in the format that they need to make effective decisions on emergency response. We continually and actively engage to ensure that the data pipeline is as effective and useful as possible.”

Below, we’ve outlined a few ways in which NASA is watching the storm:

Astronaut Photos from the ISS

Astronaut Randy Bresnik took this photo of Tropical Storm Harvey from the International Space Station on Aug. 28 at 1:27 p.m. CDT.
Credits: NASA

Infrared Imagery from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite

This false-colored infrared image acquired from the AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite at 2:29 p.m. CDT (19:29 UTC) on Aug. 28, shows a large area of coldest cloud top temperatures and strongest thunderstorms (dark blue and purple) centered along the southeastern Texas coast. A second area of intense precipitation is visible over southeastern Louisiana.
Credits: NASA JPL/Ed Olsen

NASA is also working with the National Hurricane Center to forecast data. On Aug. 29 at 7 a.m. CDT, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned “Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues and continued heavy rainfall today is expected to worsen the flood situation in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.” A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Mesquite Bay, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Port Bolivar, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Texas and Louisiana. Please stay safe. If you’re looking for updated reports on Hurricane Harvey, visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov

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