Inside Hurricane Maria in 360°

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Two days before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the NASA-Japan Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite captured a 3-D view of the storm. At the time Maria was a Category 1 hurricane. The 3-D view reveals the processes inside the hurricane that would fuel the storm’s intensification to a category 5 within 24 hours.

For the first time in 360-degrees, this data visualization takes you inside the hurricane. The precipitation satellite has an advanced radar that measures both liquid and frozen water. The brightly colored dots show areas of rainfall, where green and yellow show low rates and red and purple show high rates. At the top of the hurricane, where temperatures are colder, blue and purple dots show light and heavy frozen precipitation. The colored areas below the dots show how much rain is falling at the surface.

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Created by: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Data Sources:
• NASA/GPM Dual Precipitation Radar (DPR) precipitation rate and drop size distribution data
• NASA/GPM GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) ground precipitation data
• NASA/Bluemarble land imagery
• NOAA/GOES16 cloud data
• Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue

This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at:

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Lead Data Visualizer:
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)

Data Visualizers:
Kel Elkins (USRA)
Alex Kekesi (GST)
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)

George Huffman (NASA/GSFC)
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC)
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland)
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Producer:
Joy Ng (USRA)

Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA)

Ellen T. Gray (ADNET Systems Inc.)

Technical Support:
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.)
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.)
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems Inc.)

Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Leann Johnson (GST)

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Scott Fitzpatrick says:

This was unreal. Opens up infinite new possibilities in how humanity can learn.

Dreckbob Bratpfanne says:

This is not just awesome. This is something else. WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW. XD!!!
Too bad they don't have such a measurement for her peak intensity.

Garett McGee says:

Okay but like how do I scroll off the video😂

JL0027 says:

not working :/

dastan jerimiah says:


Aqua man says:

This is so unfair. Dominica got it A LOT worse than Puerto Rico. In comparison Puerto Rico got it easy compared to Dominica and Rico gets all the attention.

Cook Green says:

Amazing video!

MrSpaceboyy says:

holysh1t , that was amazing

Ojea 360 says:


ZelenCom says:

Please make this Stereoscopic!!!

Nayrobae says:

Having experienced hurricane Maria
I almost cried watching this
It’s show intense this really was

Shadow Heart says:

This is insane. Incredible work from the people behind it.

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MaxAltair says:

Spanish please

Merthalophor says:

this is the best usage of 3d video on youtube yet. Very well done.

Jeremiah Shane Harris THCA says:

I know I am no super computer, famed scientist, physicist, etc…. but i get it. This is that, just different. Thanks NASA. O

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Var Gur says:



Yo lo viví el 20 de septiembre de 2017, ese Huracán fue un monstruo.

Denis Kornev says:

американцы учите русский а то вас непонятно

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