The NOAA-NASA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor picture of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at roughly 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017.
Forecasters say the eye of Irma should proceed close to the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9, and be close to the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the following day or 2, but Irma is predicted to remain a strong category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.
Made by NOAA’s partners in the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, the experimental geocolor vision enhancement shown here shows geostationary satellite data in various ways depending on whether it’s day or night. This image, captured as daylight moves to the region, offers a mix of both, with night features on the left side of this picture and daytime on the right. In night vision, liquid water clouds look in colors of blue, ice clouds are grayish-white, water appears black, and soil appears gray. (The city lights are a static backdrop created with VIIRS Day/Night Band imagery. It doesn’t show any present power outages.) In daytime vision, land and shallow-water features appear as they do in true-color vision.
Image Credit: NOAA/CIRA