Satellite view of Hurricane Dorian off the east coast of Florida on Sept. 2, 2019. NOAA
Hurricane Dorian, now weakening, became a monster Category 5 hurricane this past weekend. As of today, it’s down to a Category 2 but still threatens the southeastern coast of the U.S. When it still perched over the Bahamas sporting with crisp eye and a diameter of 280 miles (450 km) the storm sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts to 220 mph!
Dorian in context in a full-globe photo of Earth taken by the GOES-East satellite at 3 p.m. Central Time this afternoon (Sept. 3). NOAA
280 miles is wider than most of my state, Minnesota. Photos showing the storm parked off the Florida coast give one pause. It’s a BIG DEAL. Still, other storms that have ravaged the western hemisphere have been larger like Irma did in Sept. 2017, when it swelled to 420 miles across, wider than any state except Texas, Alaska and Montana. That set a Florida record for size.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this photo of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot on July 10 from a distance of 5,600 miles (9,000 km). NASA/JPL-Caltech
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