What the Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded Looked Like From Space

By Maddie Stone on at

Over the weekend, NASA Suomi NPP satellite passed over Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured, and captured this stunning image in infrared.

Hurricane Patricia made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico on Friday, and was downgraded to a tropical storm early Saturday morning. The storm is remarkable not only in terms of how powerful it became: yesterday morning, a group of courageous men and women flew into the damn thing and measured wind speeds of 200 MPH and a minimum central pressure of 880 millibars; instead standing out because of how quickly it grew. On October 22, Patricia was a Category one hurricane. By 8 am eastern time on October 23, 2015, it had been upgraded to a Category 5 and flagged as the strongest eastern north Pacific hurricane on record.

Learn more about this historic weather event over at The Vane. [NASA]