Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Irma on Several Caribbean Islands (credit: NASA Earth Observatory)
DISCUSSION: In light of the recent impacts from Major Hurricane Irma all the way from the central to the western Caribbean to the southeastern United States, there were some truly incredible impacts from this latest powerful tropical cyclone. Having said that, from a satellite-based perspective, there were some prolific changes which unfolded as a result of Hurricane Irma's overall track. Attached below is a neat discussion courtesy of atmospheric scientists from the NASA Earth Observatory which is quite revealing in regards to what Irma did to parts of the Caribbean.
"Hurricane Irma churned across the Atlantic Ocean in September 2017, battering several Caribbean islands before moving on to the Florida Keys and the U.S. mainland. As the clouds cleared over places like the Virgin Islands, the destruction became obvious even from space.
These natural-color images, captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, show some of Irma’s effect on the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. The views were acquired on August 25 and September 10, 2017, before and after the storm passed. They are among the few relatively cloud-free satellite images of the area so far.
The most obvious change is the widespread browning of the landscape. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Lush green tropical vegetation can be ripped away by a storm’s strong winds, leaving the satellite with a view of more bare ground. Also, salt spray whipped up by the hurricane can coat and desiccate leaves while they are still on the trees.
Irma passed the northernmost Virgin Islands on the afternoon of September 6. At the time, Irma was a category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles (295 kilometers) per hour. According to news reports, the islands saw “significant devastation.”"
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz