September 18, 2001
The satellite image above shows the eastern US, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The most prominent cloud feature on this GOES 8, false-color, visible satellite image is Hurricane Gabrielle, which is the swirl of clouds in the Atlantic Ocean. Gabrielle's winds are about 80 miles an hour. This same system drenched Florida with rain over the weekend, but it now appears to be no threat to land. Another notable feature is the cloudless skies over the Middle Atlantic states - it's a beautiful late summer's day from New England to the Carolinas. Also worth mentioning is the blob of clouds just west of Cuba, which may become this season's next tropical storm.