Hurricane Irene

Even when viewed from space, Hurricane Irene looks sizable. When a NASA satellite took this image on August 23, 2011 the storm was 410 miles in diameter, with clouds covering eastern Cuba. Irene is the first Atlantic hurricane of 2011. Read about the science of predicting hurricanes in a blog post by University of Rhode Island oceanographer Isaac Ginis.

A NASA satellite image from August 23, 2011 of Hurricane Irene, the Atlantic basin's first hurricane of 2011.