Hurricane Paloma
acquired November 7, 2008 download large image (1 MB, JPEG, 3072x3072)

Hurricane Paloma was well-formed, with distinctive spirals and a clear eye on November 7, 2008, when the GOES satellite captured this image. The storm formed off the coast of Nicaragua on November 5, and became a hurricane the next day. When GOES captured this image, Paloma was moving steadily north-northeast at 10 kilometers per hour (6 miles per hour) on course towards Cuba. As it moved over the warm waters of the Caribbean, it strengthened. At 1:00 Eastern Standard time, about an hour before this image was taken, the storm had sustained winds near 150 km/hr (90 mph) with stronger gusts, said the National Hurricane Center. By 4:00, winds had picked up to 165 km/hr (105 mph), making Paloma a Category 2 storm. It was at this strength that the storm barreled into the Cayman Islands a short time after this image was taken.

The National Hurricane Center forecast that Paloma would continue to intensify through November 7, possibly reaching Category 3 status before weakening on November 8. The storm was forecast to come ashore over Cuba on November 8 and 9. The Cuban government has issued a hurricane warning to four provinces, said the National Hurricane Center.

  1. References

  2. National Hurricane Center. (2008, November 7). Hur ricane Paloma Advisory Archive. NOAA. Accessed November 7, 2008.

NASA image created by Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GOES Project Science Office. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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Hurricane Paloma

November 8, 2008
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