SeaWiFS image of the east coast of the United States, acquired on September 18, 2003, as Hurricane Isabel was about to make landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.(Click on image for a larger view)
SeaWiFS image of the east coast of the United States, acquired on September 19, 2003, one day after Hurricane Isabel made landfall. The remnants of the storm are
visible over the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Turbidity from the marine sediments suspended by the high winds of Isabel is evident near the Outer Banks and in
the Gulf Stream extending northeastward from Cape Hatteras. (Click on image for a larger view)
Comparison of two SeaWiFS images of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first image was acquired on September 2 and
shows the relatively clear water in this region, characteristic of normal (calm) conditions. The second image was acquired
on September 19, one day after the landfall of Hurricane Isabel, showing a large area of suspended marine sediments. Some
of these sediments have been captured by the Gulf Stream and transported northeastward by this strong ocean current.
In 1999, the passage of Hurricane Floyd resulted in extremely heavy rainfall over North Carolina. SeaWiFS imagery acquired
one week later showed sediments carried by the North Carolina rivers into the Atlantic Ocean being transported by the
Gulf Stream. In the case of Isabel, the sediments seen in the image were derived from shallow coastal waters and not from
the adjacent land area.
More satellite views of Hurricane Isabel