NASA's Earth Observatory just published this dramatic video of Hurricane Arthur, based on data from the GOES-13 satellite. It shows the evolution of the storm and its movement up the southern Atlantic coast from July 1 through today. At about 7 seconds into the animation, the storm seems to explode and then take on a clear cyclonic form. Huge thunderstorm clouds begin to blossom in the storm's arms. There's another burst of activity and growth at about 50 seconds in, culminating finally in the formation of an eye-like structure. In its latest update, published at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for Nantucket Island, as well as for Cape Cod from Provincetown to Chatham. Also, Environmental Canada has issued a tropical storm watch for Nova Scotia from Port Maitland eastward and northward to Point Aconi. For the latest details about the storm from the NHC, please click here.
Hurricane Arthur. (Source: NASA) Arthur now has a very clear eye as it bears down on North Carolina this evening, as seen in the image above captured by NASA's Terra satellite at 12:15 p.m. on July 3.