RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Two of NOAA’s GOES satellites worked together to produce a time-lapse view of half of Earth, capturing the birth of Sandy all the way through its landfall and progress inland. GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellites observed Sandy from October 21 through the 30, 2012, seeing when the tropical disturbance became Tropical Storm Sandy in the Caribbean Sea. The geosynchronous satellites (meaning they orbit over Earth at the same location to capture an unbroken view of the spot it watches) monitored the intensification of Sandy as it tracked into the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida and through the Bahamas, hugging just east of the Outer Banks before hooking west. Category One Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey on October 29, 2012, then moved inland to Pennsylvania as Post-Tropical Storm Sandy.
(Time-Lapse: NASA GOES Project)