NASA

NASA

NASA’s CloudSat satellite captured a profile of Hurricane Karl as it began making landfall in Mexico today. The satellite data revealed very high, icy cloud tops in Karl’s powerful thunderstorms, and moderate to heavy rainfall from the storm. Meanwhile, NASA’s “GRIP” mission was also underway as aircraft were gathering valuable data about Hurricane Karl as he moves inland. NASA’s Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission (known as GRIP) is still underway and is studying the rapid intensification of storms, and that’s exactly what Karl did on Thursday Sept. 16 overnight into Friday, Sept. 17. During that time, Karl went from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane, and NASA’s GRIP aircraft flew into Karl a number of times collecting valuable data on its rapid intensification.

In fact, three of NASA’s science aircraft completed successful coordinated flights over Hurricane Karl on Thursday, Sept. 16, in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The DC-8 conducted 6 passes over the center of circulation with a butterfly pattern about the eye on the final pass.

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