Satellite Images for Rita

In the next few days, you should be able to view Hurricane Rita off the Gulf Coast on the satellite images available at the website of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Service. (Click the "Satellite" tab on that website.) The image below may or may not have Rita on it depending on when you visit. There are a great number of other fantastic atmospheric images provided by NOAA. To me, it all shows the amazing power of the earth and its atmosphere. In a multitude of ways, the earth seems like a living creature and it might be understood far better if viewers saw it in those terms.

By the way, in case you're wondering why I've written so much about hurricanes, I should add that I have more than just a common curiosity that moves with the news. After all, a good portion of my engineering Ph.D. dissertation (completed in 1989-1990) was devoted to the theoretical and computational study of vortex-vortex interactions at high Reynolds numbers.

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