Rain Band from Hurricane Irene

October 09, 2011


Photographer: Thomas Faber
Summary Author: Thomas Faber; Jim Foster

The photo above shows one of the outer rain bands of Hurricane Irene moving onto Tybee Island, Georgia (near Savannah) during the early evening of August 26, 2011. Several shafts of rain can be seen descending from this ominous looking band. With maximum sustained winds of 120 mph or 195 km/hr (category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale), Hurricane Irene plowed along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Fortunately the strongest winds remained offshore, nonetheless, much of the mid Atlantic and northeastern U.S. were drenched, and portions of New England endured the worst flooding in at least 300 hundred years.

Photo details: Cannon PowerShot SX100IS camera; 1/320 sec. exposure; f/2.8; ISO 80.