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From NASA: Hurricane Gordon was the seventh named storm of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Gordon started as a tropical depression off the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Since forming on September 10, it had steadily grown in power and size. On September 13, 2006, it became a Category One hurricane, and it intensified further in the next day, reaching Category Three status in the following 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. This made it the first major hurricane in the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season: The previous two hurricanes in 2006, Ernesto and Florence, never intensified beyond Category One strength.

This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 14, 2006, at 1:10 p.m. local time (17:10 UTC). Gordon is a very large and well-defined hurricane in this image, possessing a distinct, tightly wound central portion, a strong and complete eyewall structure all the way around the eye of the storm, and an eye with only a little cloud cover (sometimes called an open, or partially open, eye). These characteristics are all hallmarks of powerful hurricanes. To the north and east of the storm, a large band of more diffuse cloud is pocked with darker spots where powerful thunderstorm systems are forcing up tall cloud towers that cast shadows onto the cloud deck below. Hurricane Gordon had sustained winds of around 185 kilometers per hour (115 miles per hour) at the time this satellite image was acquired, according to The University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm information center.

Gordon, however, was nowhere near land and as of September 15, it was projected to weaken over cooler waters as it veered northeast in the general direction of the Azores.
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current 23:07, 6 December 2018 Thumbnail for version as of 23:07, 6 December 20186,401 × 8,401 (8.31 MB)FleurDeOdileworldview
21:42, 20 June 2018 Thumbnail for version as of 21:42, 20 June 20185,400 × 5,400 (4.03 MB)TheAustinManReverted to version as of 21:18, 15 September 2006 (UTC) - Previous image was higher resolution and cloud radiances were reduced allowing for more readily available detail
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