Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical depression. But the once formidable storm was the source of stunning images both from outer space and on the ground. Here’s a compilation of eye-popping images....

Hurricane Isaac just prior to landfall Tuesday, August 28. (NOAA)

Via NASA: This visible true color image of Hurricane Isaac was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite on Aug. 29 at 2:50 p.m. EDT after it had made its second landfall.

Via NOAA: At 1:35 p.m. CDT on August 28, 2012 the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite flew over Isaac, capturing this image of the storm with the true color capability of the VIIRS sensor.

Wind streamlines wrapping into Isaac’s center just after landfall Wednesday morning. Part of personal art project created by Google scientists, (

TRMM satellite 3-D view of rainfall on Aug. 28 showed a few very powerful thunderstorms near Isaac’s eye were reaching heights of almost 10.6 miles. (NASA)

The Suomi-NPP satellite captured a night view of then-Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico. (NASA)

Via NASA: Using data from TRMM’s Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments showed that intense bands of rain around Isaac were occasionally dropping rain at a rate of over 70 mm/hour (~2.75 inches) (just prior to landfall Wednesday).

Via NASA: This visible true color image of Hurricane Isaac was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradometer (MODIS) instrument onboard NASA’s Terra satellite on Aug. 29 at 1:15 p.m. EDT after it had made its second landfall.

Braithwaite, La.

Sam Maltese, right, wipes his face while being rescued from his flooded home, as Lanny LaFrance steers the boat in Braithwaite, La. (David J. Phillip / AP)

@nolanews this was taken from a three story Braithewaite home.…

— Jeff Leblanc (@JMLeblanc23) August 29, 2012

Biloxi and Gulfport

Water rises over the piers in the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor behind the Hard Rock Casino as Hurricane Isaac passes through Biloxi, Mississippi, August 29, 2012. (MICHAEL SPOONEYBARGER/REUTERS)

Waves from Hurricane Isaac batter the a pier, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Gulfport, Miss. Isaac pelted parts of south Mississippi with heavy rains, flooding some homes in low-lying areas and turning parts of beachside U.S. Highway 90 into a river near Biloxi casinos. (John Bazemore/AP)

LaPlace, La.

A sherriff's vehicle sits in flood waters caused by Isaac, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, north of LaPlace, La, off Lake Pontchartrain. (Eric Gay/AP)

A car sits submerged in the flood waters of Hurricane Isaac in the River Forest subdivision on August 29, 2012 in LaPlace, Louisiana. (Chris Graythen/GETTY IMAGES)

New Orleans

Two men navigate a sidewalk along a drenched Canal Street as Hurricane Isaac arrives in New Orleans. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)


Riding out Isaac, with mac and cheese

View Photo Gallery: Floodwaters surged into scattered neighborhoods in the suburbs of New Orleans early Thursday, even as Isaac’s once-powerful winds tapered off and the storm meandered north.