IMAGES: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

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Science  19 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5738, pp. 1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5738.1161e

This year's Atlantic hurricane season opened with a roar. A record five tropical storms and two hurricanes hit the radar screens by the end of July. As we enter the most active part of the season, you can get updates on current storms and learn about incipient ones at this site, part of NASA's Life on Earth home page.

Bulletins post fresh satellite shots and let you call up storm-tracking maps. The site also offers plenty of data on past events and background information on hurricanes. For example, a short video traces the storms' birthplace to the highlands of Ethiopia, where winds bouncing over the rough terrain spawn air eddies. You can also step into galleries packed with satellite photos, movies, and diagrams such as an illustration of precipitation from Hurricane Ivan, which swept ashore in Alabama last September. Green areas received 1.25 cm of rain or more per hour.

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