The video of the hurricanes may seem like a time-delay, made up of images from satellites, but it’s not. In fact, we present you an electronic simulation that has a base of the real data. The scheme demonstrates the spread of elements – sea salt, smoke, and dust – all around the top spots for the period from July 31 to the 1st of November, 2017.
Interestingly, the hurricanes in this video are in fact shown randomly. They are not aerosols and were not the original goal of the scientists who created the model, but since NASA workers tracked substances transferred in the air with the help of the wind, they’re able to visualize the various storm systems that traveled around the Atlantic this summer.
According to NASA, during all the storms that raged in 2017, it was possible to observe significant changes in mapping salt particles. A strong wind affected atmospheric changes, which became a part of the overall picture of the hurricane. Irma was the first significant incident of the year, with salt and sand mixed, and the consequences were razed by rain. The process was almost completely repeated in relation to other storms. At the same time, there were reports of climate change in the UK and Ireland.
The storms of 2017: huge waves in ocean
Based on satellite imagery, NASA has created a computer visualization of powerful hurricanes. This method allows you to monitor changes in the atmosphere and predict natural disasters.
The year of 2017 was remembered by several record-breaking powerful hurricanes, the consequences of which some countries have yet to overcome. Global warming, atmospheric pollution, rising sea level, and other factors affect the strength and direction of tropical cyclones.
Studying these factors gives a chance to predict the occurrence of strong storms and hurricanes in the future. You can follow the trajectory of winds, for example, by the motion of particles of dust and moisture (that is, aerosols) picked up by air currents – and computer technologies help visualize the results of observations.
Recently NASA presented a video based on this simulation. It reflects the period from July 31 to November 1, 2017 – the time when hurricanes raged over the Atlantic.
The end of August last year was characterized by the emergence of a major hurricane Harvey, which originated over the northern coast of South America. It looks like a bright mass of blue on the video. Its movement is directed towards the Gulf of Mexico; it consists of salt particles that move as the hurricane gathers momentum. In early September, the West African coast fell under the impact of a major storm, while salt particles have dust impurities, as it all happened next to the Sahara desert.
The end of September was also rich in events: hurricanes Jose and Maria raged in the region. The video clearly demonstrates the hurricane Ophelia (ending). The movement of this natural phenomenon was non-standard: dust from the desert reached even Europe while creating an unusual effect turning skies into red. Forest fires that occurred in the US, did not affect this. The picture ends near the Atlantic coast.