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.

Double trouble

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This image of Tropical Storm Blas (left) and Hurricane Celia (right), was taken on July 19, 2010, over the Eastern Pacific Ocean before Blas weakened and Celia became a Category 2 hurricane. Image: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team.

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