Dennis Near Cuba

July 12, 2005

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Provided by: Mark Conner, HQ AF Weather Agency
Summary authors & editors: Mark Conner

The image above of Hurricane Dennis was acquired from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) on July 8 at 1440 UTC (2:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). GOES orbits at an altitude of 22,000 mile above the Earth (35,200 km). At the time the image was taken, Dennis was just south of Cuba and it was a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale -- winds of 150 mph (240 kph) near the eye. Dennis crashed into the U.S. mainland, close to Pensacola, Florida, on July 10. Fortunately, it weakened a bit before making landfall. This image is a combined infrared and visible presentation to provide more cloud height and depth information.

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