Satellite View of Katrina at Landfall

September 09, 2005


Provided by: Mark Conner, HQ AF Weather Agency, Air Force Weather Agency
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Mark Conner

The image above shows Hurricane Katrina coming ashore near the Louisiana-Mississippi border on the morning of August 29. The eye of this ferocious storm (a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale) passed just to the east of New Orleans. It remains to be seen whether or not this dreadful storm was the deadliest ever in U.S. history (more than 8,000 were killed in the 1900 hurricane that inundated Galveston, Texas), but Katrina has brought unimaginable misery to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Image taken from the US Air Force's DMSP F-16 satellite (9:32 a.m. Central Daylight Time). It was color-enhanced using the visible and infrared channels to give some height and texture cues to the viewer.

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