Astronaut Ron Garan, aboard the International Space Station, photographed the image above of Hurricane Irene Monday evening. Irene was a Category 1 storm at the time with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. (It has since strengthened to Category 2, with winds to 100 mph) Garan graciously tweeted the image back to Earth for all of us to marvel at. Ron frequently tweets spectacular imagery from the ISS (as shown below). You can follow him @Astro_Ron.
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Not satisfied with a snapshot of Irene? Here’s its whole life cycle to date in motion, courtesy NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory:
Last, but not least, Irene’s eye is beginning to emerge from the central dense overcast in the very latest visible satellite imagery - an indication of intensification: