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Hurricane Frances

Hurricane Frances

The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Frances churning in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on August 27 at 16:40 UTC (12:40 EDT). At the time this image was taken Frances was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 km/hr (105 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 970 millibars. Frances was moving towards the west-northwest at 17 km/hr (10 mph).

The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions and formats.

NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.