Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.


Cool New Animation of Arthur (When He Was Just a Tot)

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanJuly 3, 2014 3:44 AM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Heavy rainfall surrounds the center of a low pressure system on June 29, 2014, as measured by NASA's TRMM satellite. This low later developed into Tropical Storm Arthur. (Source: NASA/Hal Pierce, SSAI) Check out this new animation depicting the low pressure system that would later transform into Tropical Storm Arthur. (But a warning: If you're prone to motion sickness, you may want to take something for it beforehand... Just joking, sort of.) The data, gathered on June 29th by NASA's TRMM satellite, allowed scientists to construct 3D images of the storm. These images show areas of rainfall, the precipitation's intensity, and how high into the atmosphere clouds have blossomed. Individual images were put together to create the animation above. The red tips of the structures in the animation show thunderstorms that have risen fairly high in the atmosphere. As NASA puts it:

A few of the outer rain bands contained powerful thunderstorm 'hot towers,' or towering clouds that reached heights of about 8 miles (13 km) indicating strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall potential.

Since these data were gathered, the storm has intensified greatly. For the latest details, please see my earlier post from this afternoon.

    3 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 50%


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In