Dramatic Evolution of Hurricane Joaquin Captured By a Rapid-Scanning Satellite

Drawing energy from record-warm waters at the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Joaquin has grown into a dangerous Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

You can watch it’s evolution during Wednesday in the animation above, from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. The animation consists of images from the GOES-13 weather satellite.

Ordinarily, the satellite acquires an image about every 15 minutes. But for the animation above, th

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