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NASA offers unique look from space of active 2017 hurricane season

Posted: 11:09 AM, Nov 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-18 18:59:46Z

NASA has released a cool look at this year's active hurricane season.

The animation shows the major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which impacted Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

NASA said the video illustrates hurricane development with tiny aerosol particles such as smoke, dust and sea salt.  

During the same time of the hurricanes, large fires in the Pacific Northwest released smoke into the atmosphere.

The video shows in early September a line of smoke formed from Oregon to Washington, down the Great Plains, through the South and across the Atlantic to England.

Dust from the Sahara is also show in the unique video.

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2018 STORM NAMES

Alberto Leslie
Beryl Michael
Chris Nadine
Debby Oscar
Ernesto Patty
Florence Rafael
Gordon Sara
Helene Tony
Isaac Valerie
Joyce William
Kirk


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Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.