Image of the Week: Hurricane Harvey Inundates Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th. Over the next few days, record rain totals had devastated the area.

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Length: 00:00:54

Location Taken: TX, US


Harvey made landfall between
Port Aransas and Port O’Connor,

Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane
on August 25. It then stalled over

southeastern Texas as a tropical
storm and continued

to creep northeast
over Louisiana.

What made Harvey so
devastating was its rain.

Many locations had record
totals. NOAA reported a

rainfall total of 51 inches
just east of Houston.

These four images show
Harvey’s development over

the Gulf of Mexico and its
movement across Texas.

The images were created
using NASA-generated Surface

Reflectance data products fro
VIIRS. VIIRS provides daily

global coverage at
multiple resolutions.