On July 16, 2003, former Hurricane Claudette continued to look like a tropical storm, its swirling rings of clouds centered over the West Texas panhandle-Mexico border. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the Terra satellite from that day also shows fires in New Mexico and Arizona at top left (marked in red). Along the coast of Texas (right edge), puffy white clouds suggest coastal communities may still be experiencing rainfall, even though the bulk of the storm has moved westward since landfall on July 15.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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