Hurricane Gordon was the seventh named storm of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Gordon started as a tropical depression (area of low air pressure) off the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean on September 10. On September 13, 2006, it became a Category 1 hurricane. Its center was not predicted to make landfall as of September 14, but the outer portions of the hurricane might affect Bermuda, which was still recovering from its recent brush with Hurricane Florence.
This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on September 12, 2006, at 1:20 p.m. local time (17:20 UTC). At the time, Gordon was still a tropical storm, with a nascent spiral shape. The storm was quite asymmetric and had only the beginning hints of the structure of a well-developed hurricane. Tropical Storm Gordon had sustained winds of around 95 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) at the time this satellite image was acquired, according to the University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm Information Center.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.