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Envisat And ERS-2 Reveal Hidden Side Of Hurricane Rita

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September 23, 2005
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European Space Agency
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As Hurricane Rita entered the Gulf of Mexico, ESA's Envisat satellite's radar was able to pierce through swirling clouds to directly show how the storm churns the sea surface. This image has then been used to derive Rita's wind field speeds. Notably large waves are seen around the eye of Hurricane Rita in the radar image.

This zoom from a larger Envisat ASAR image shows the signal return from the sea surface beneath the eye of Hurricane Rita. It was acquired in Wide Swath Mode early on 22 September UTC and has a resolution of 150 metres. The image measures 100 x 75 km.
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