Hurricane Maria in infrared. Our Suomi NPP satellite captured this thermal image of Hurricane Maria early Wednesday morning. At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and its northwester quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico.
This image shows very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful thunderstorms in Maria’s eyewall. Rainfall analysis from another satellite (our Global Precipitation Measurement mission) found that some extreme storms within the hurricane’s feeder bands were dropping rain at a rate of greater than 5.4 inches per hour.