Viewing tropical storms and other natural disasters from space

Australia receives an average of 13 cyclones a year, while the US might see up to 20. Every one of these destructive storms varies in their life cycles, intensity, movement, size and impacts such as winds, storm surges and flooding. It can be hard to see the differences between them from the ground, but when viewed from a high vantage point, such as the International Space Station, their unique characteristics are revealed. You will find more images on our Facebook page.

Cyclone Yasi

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This infrared image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi was taken on February 1, 2011 as it headed towards Australia. The areas coloured purple represent the storm's coldest cloud-top temperatures and areas of heaviest precipitation. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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