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Atlantic Hurricane Season Satellite and Radar Imagery Animations

Prepared by:
Donovan Landreneau, Meteorologist (Senior Forecaster)

Atlantic Hurricane Season Satellite and Radar Imagery Animations webpage contain seasonal Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES Infrared Satellite Imagery animations from 1995-2017, and all the Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States from 1995-2018.

Also included are radar from Andrew 1992, and Hurricane Audrey Radar: June 26-27, 1957 transferred from 16 mm film found on station. In 2002, the National Climatic Data Center sent the Hurricane Season Satellite Animations from 1971-1973, 1976-1986 VHS tapes, which the author transferred to Digital Video and DVD for preservation.

These animations are available through the National Weather Service YouTube  page.  This page will provide the links of the animations organized by year, and individual storm’s satellite and radar animations created with the data that was available at the time, or eventually became available for the retrospective years.

The 1995-2018 animations were converted from the Satellite and Radar Imagery Movies of Atlantic Hurricane Seasons on DVD project the author created during the years 2002-2018. The file size varies by length and content.  Since these videos were originally created for and transferred from DVD, all are Standard Definition (DVD quality) with dimensions of 640x480 and a bit rate of 8000 kbps.  Due to restrictions of YouTube, the videos are reprocessed with a bit rate closer to 2500 kbps, resulting in a slightly “grainier” appearance than the original DVDs and converted files.  The full resolution videos might be possible with another host site.

Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES Infrared Satellite Imagery

These animations present a chronological succession of half hourly GOES-East Infrared Satellite Imagery for the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico for the years 1995-2017. Within these animations, the names of all the tropical cyclones appear near the formation location.  The animations are 15 frames per second.  Being only an image animation, no audio was created.

1995-1999 animations were created using half hour interval GOES infrared satellite imagery from NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS).  Note: There are intermittent data voids in the animations from 1995-1999 (most notable void from July 25 to September 19, 1997) due to possible archiving and data retrieval issues, resulting in some “choppy” animations.  2000-2017 animations were created using half hour interval GOES infrared satellite imagery from the Geostationary Satellite Server.

Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES Infrared Satellite Imagery
1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003
2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015
2016 2017  
 

Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States: A Satellite and Radar Study

These animations chronicle the tropical cyclones that affected the United States each season. The GOES-East satellite imagery used is 4 kilometer resolution (Infrared & Visible from 1995-2018, GeoColor 2018) and 1 kilometer resolution (Visible from 2002-2018, GeoColor 2018). The radar used is land based National Weather Service WSR-88D radar imagery in the areas affected.

The table layout shows all the animations available, one table per Atlantic Hurricane Season. The title has a link to the specific YouTube playlist for that season, followed by the satellite and radar animations available (all linked to YouTube) for that particular year. The storm names are linked to the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Reports for further information on that particular storm.

The satellite animations from 1995-2001 were created using data from NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS).  Note: There are intermittent data voids in the animations from 1995-2001 due to possible archiving and data retrieval issues, resulting in some “choppy” animations.  The satellite animations from 2002-2017 were created using data from GOES Project Science (now Out of Service for GOES-East imagery). These GOES 8-14 satellite animations are 10 frames per second, with the time interval of 15 minutes when available. 

GOES-East imagery after December 18, 2017 was obtained from NOAA Star GOES-East Image Viewer.  The GOES 16 satellite animations are 30 frames per second, with the time interval of 5 minutes when available.  Being only an image animation, no audio was created.

The radar animations from 2002-2005 were created using imagery generated in real time from National Weather Service Headquarters and archived at the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters.  The radar animations from 1995-2001, 2006-2018 were created using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information, formerly the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)​, using the Weather and Climate Toolkit.  For the sake of speeding up the radar imagery and reducing file size, the converted WSR-88D imagery was sped up to 30 frames per second.  Being only an image animation, no audio was created.

 
2018 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Alberto   4km GeoColor 1km GeoColor Eglin AFB, FL Birmingham, AL  
Chris   4km GeoColor 1km GeoColor Morehead City, NC    
Florence 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Morehead City, NC Wilmington, NC Raleigh, NC
    4km GeoColor 1km GeoColor Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Greer, SC
Gordon 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL Key West, FL Tampa Bay, FL
    4km GeoColor 1km GeoColor Mobile, AL New Orleans, LA Jackson, MS
        Little Rock, AR    
Michael 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Eglin AFB, FL Tallahassee, FL Moody AFB, GA
    4km GeoColor 1km GeoColor Robins AFB, GA Atlanta, GA Columbia, SC
        Raleigh, NC Wakefield, VA  
 
2017 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Cindy 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Lake Charles, LA Fort Polk, LA Shreveport, LA
Emily 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tampa Bay, FL Melbourne, FL  
Harvey 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Brownsville, TX Corpus Christi, TX San Antonio, TX
        Houston, TX Lake Charles, LA Fort Polk, LA
Irma 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR Key West, FL Miami, FL
        Tampa Bay, FL Melbourne, FL Tallahassee, FL
        Jacksonville, FL    
Maria 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR    
Nate 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL Birmingham, AL
 
2016 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Bonnie 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Charleston, SC    
Colin 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tallahassee, FL Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL
        Charleston, SC    
Louisiana Flood 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Lake Charles, LA  
Hermine 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tampa Bay, FL Tallahassee, FL Moody AFB, GA
        Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC
Julia 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC  
Matthew 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL
        Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
 
2015 Atlantic Tropical Storms Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Ana 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Wilmington, NC    
Bill 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Corpus Christi, TX Houston, TX Fort Hood, TX
        Dallas, TX    
 
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Arthur 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Melbourne, FL Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
        Boston, MA    
 
2013 Atlantic Tropical Storm Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Andrea 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Tallahassee, FL Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL
        Charleston, SC    
 
2012 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Beryl 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC
Debby 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tallahassee, FL Jacksonville, FL  
Issac 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL New Orleans, LA Lake Charles, LA
        Fort Polk, LA Shreveport, LA  
Sandy 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Mt. Holly, NJ New York, NY  
 
2011 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Don 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Brownsville, TX Corpus Christi, TX  
Irene 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
        Wakefield, VA New York, NY  
Lee 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Lake Charles, LA Fort Polk, LA New Orleans, LA
 
2010 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Alex 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Brownsville, TX    
Bonnie 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL New Orleans, LA  
Earl 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR Morehead City, NC Boston, MA
Hermine 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Brownsville, TX Corpus Christi, TX San Antonio, TX
 
2009 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Claudette 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tallahassee, FL    
Ida 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL  
 
2008 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Cristobal 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
Dolly 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Brownsville, TX Corpus Christi, TX Laughlin AFB, TX
Edouard 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Lake Charles, LA Houston, TX
Fay 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL Melbourne, FL Tallahassee, FL
Gustav 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL New Orleans, LA Lake Charles, LA
        Fort Polk, LA Shreveport, LA  
Hanna 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Wilmington, NC Raleigh, NC Philadelphia, PA
Ike 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL Lake Charles, LA Houston, TX
        Shreveport, LA Fort Smith, AR  
 
2007 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Barry 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL  
Erin 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Corpus Christi, TX Houston, TX San Antonio, TX
        San Angelo, TX Lubbock, TX Oklahoma City, OK
Gabrielle 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC  
Humberto 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Houston, TX Lake Charles, LA Fort Polk, LA
        Jackson, MS    
Olga 4km Infrared 4km Visible   San Juan, PR    
 
2006 Atlantic Tropical Storms Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Alberto 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tallahassee, FL Moody AFB, GA Charleston, SC
Beryl 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New York, NY Boston, MA  
Ernesto 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL
        Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC Wakefield, VA
 
2005 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Arlene 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Mobile, AL Birmingham, AL  
Cindy 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL Birmingham, AL
Dennis 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL Mobile, AL Eglin AFB, FL
        Columbus AFB, MS    
Emily 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Brownsville, TX    
Katrina 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL Key West, FL New Orleans, LA
        Mobile, AL Birmingham, AL Nashville, TN
Ophelia 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Melbourne, FL Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
Rita 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Miami, FL Key West, FL Lake Charles, LA
        Houston, TX Shreveport, LA Little Rock, AR
Tammy 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL  
Wilma 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL Miami, FL Tampa Bay, FL
        Melbourne, FL    
 
2004 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Alex 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC  
Bonnie 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Tallahassee, FL Jacksonville, FL  
Charley 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Key West, FL Miami, FL Tampa Bay, FL
        Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC
        Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC Wakefield, VA
Frances 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR Miami, FL Melbourne, FL
        Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL Tallahassee, FL
Gaston 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Wilmington, NC
        Raleigh, NC Wakefield, VA Boston, MA
Hermine 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible Boston, MA    
Ivan 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL Birmingham, AL
        Tampa Bay, FL Tallahassee, FL Lake Charles, LA
Jeanne 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible San Juan, PR Miami, FL Melbourne, FL
        Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL Tallahassee, FL
        Robins AFB, GA    
Matthew 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible New Orleans, LA Lake Charles, LA  
 
2003 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Bill 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL
        Jackson, MS Birmingham, AL  
Claudette 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Houston, TX Corpus Christi, TX
        San Antonio, TX Laughlin AFB, TX El Paso, TX
Erika 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Brownsville, TX  
Grace 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Houston, TX Austin, TX
Isabel 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
        Raleigh, NC Wakefield, VA Sterling, VA
 
2002 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Bertha 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Mobile, AL New Orleans, LA
        Lake Charles, LA Houston, TX Corpus Christi, TX
Edouard 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Jacksonville, FL Melbourne, FL
        Tampa Bay, FL    
Fay 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Lake Charles, LA Houston, TX
        San Antonio, TX    
Gustav 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Morehead City, NC  
Hanna 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL
Isidore 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Lake Charles, LA New Orleans, LA
        Mobile, AL Fort Polk, LA Jackson, MS
        Columbus AFB, MS    
Kyle 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Jacksonville, FL  
Lili 4km Infrared 4km Visible 1km Visible East CONUS Lake Charles, LA New Orleans, LA
        Fort Polk, LA Shreveport, LA Jackson, MS
        Little Rock, AR Memphis, TN  
 
2001 Atlantic Tropical Storms Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Allison 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Houston, TX Lake Charles, LA
        New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL  
Barry 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Mobile, AL Tallahassee, FL
        Birmingham, AL    
Gabrielle 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Tampa Bay, FL Melbourne, FL
Michelle 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Key West, FL Miami, FL
 
2000 Atlantic Tropical Storms Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Gordon 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL
Helene 4km Infrared 4km Visible   East CONUS Mobile, AL Tallahassee, FL
 
1999 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Bret 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Brownsville, TX Corpus Christi, TX  
Dennis 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC
        Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC Raleigh, NC
Floyd 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Melbourne, FL Jacksonville, FL Wilmington, NC
        Morehead City, NC Wakefield, VA New York, NY
Harvey 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Tampa Bay, FL Key West, FL  
Irene 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Key West, FL Miami, FL Melbourne, FL
        Charleston, SC Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC
Lenny 4km Infrared 4km Visible   San Juan, PR    
 
1998 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Bonnie 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Morehead City, NC Wakefield, VA  
Charley 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Houston, TX San Antonio, TX  
Earl 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Mobile, AL Tallahassee, FL  
Frances 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Corpus Christi, TX Houston, TX Lake Charles, LA
Georges 4km Infrared 4km Visible   San Juan, PR Key West, FL New Orleans, LA
        Mobile, AL    
Hermine 4km Infrared 4km Visible   New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL  
Mitch 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Key West, FL    
 
1997 Atlantic Hurricane Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Danny 4km Infrared 4km Visible   New Orleans, LA Mobile, LA Wakefield, VA
 
1996 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Arthur 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC  
Bertha 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Wilmington, NC Wakefield, VA New York, NY
Fran 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Wilmington, NC Morehead City, NC Raleigh, NC
Hortense 4km Infrared 4km Visible   San Juan, PR N/A    
Josephine 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Tallahassee, FL Jacksonville, FL  
 
1995 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Affecting the United States
Storm Name GOES Satellite Imagery WSR-88D Radar Imagery
Allison 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Tampa Bay, FL Jacksonville, FL  
Dean 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Lake Charles, LA Houston, TX  
Erin 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Melbourne, FL Tampa Bay, FL Eglin AFB, FL
        Mobile, AL    
Jerry 4km Infrared 4km Visible   Melbourne, FL    
Marilyn 4km Infrared 4km Visible   San Juan, PR N/A    
Opal 4km Infrared 4km Visible   New Orleans, LA Eglin AFB, FL Tallahassee, FL
        Birmingham, AL    
   
Hurricane Andrew Radar: August 24-26, 1992
Miami, FL (WSR-57 Post Processed at AOML/HRD) New Orleans, LA (WSR-57 Post Processed at AOML/HRD) Lake Charles, LA (WSR-57 Post Processed at AOML/HRD)
Melbourne, FL (WSR-88D) Houston, TX (WSR-88D)  
 
Hurricane Audrey Radar: June 26-27, 1957

These animations present rare land-based radar imagery of Hurricane Audrey June 26-27, 1957. The original source was a 16 mm film made directly from photographs of the Plan Position Indicator (PPI) scopes of WSR-(1-3) radars from Galveston, Houston, Beaumont, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge. The author used a 16mm projector to display the movie on the screen while recording it with a DV camcorder, then transferring it to DVD and the following animations. No audio was found with this film.
 
Hurricane Audrey Radar: June 26-27, 1957
Lake Charles, LA Beaumont, LA Galveston, TX
Baton Rouge, LA Houston, TX  
 

1971-1973 Atlantic Hurricane Seasons Applications Technology Satellite III Visible Imagery​
1976-1986 Hurricane Season Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Infrared Imagery​

These animations present a chronological succession of Applications Technology Satellite III Visible Imagery​ from 1971-1973 and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) infrared imagery from 1976-1986 for the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico (except 1978 that uses GOES-West for the Eastern Pacific movie).  The original source of these movies was 16 mm films which National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) transferred to VHS tapes. The author transferred these VHS tapes to DV tape, then to DVD and the following animations. This would explain some of the resolution loss, especially with the 1980 animation, which came from a second generation VHS copy. No audio was found with these films.

1971-1973 Atlantic Hurricane Seasons Applications Technology Satellite III Visible Imagery​
1971 1972 1973
 
1976-1986 Hurricane Seasons Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Infrared Imagery​
1976 1977 1978
1979 1980 1981
1982 1983 1984
1985 1986