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Tropical Storm Bertha in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Bertha in the Gulf of Mexico

Now downgraded to a tropical depression, Tropical Storm Bertha can be seen at full strength in this true-color image taken on August 4, 2002, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft. Originating in the Gulf of Mexico, the tropical storm touched land 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of New Orleans, Louisiana, which is covered by clouds in the above image. The storm continued northeast into Mississippi and Alabama, dumping up to five inches of rain in some areas and generating gusts of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour. Other than the flooding of neighborhood streets, the storm caused no damage.

Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory; data provided by MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC