Earth from space: 3 hurricanes form a perfect line before crashing into land

Quick Facts

Where is it? North Atlantic Ocean.

What is in the picture? Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose in a near perfect line.

Which satellite took the photo? Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP).

When was this photo taken? September 8, 2017.

In this 2017 satellite image, three hurricanes — including one of the most powerful tropical storms of the past decade — form a near-perfect line as they marched through “hurricane alley.” Some of the swirling storms, which initially appeared to be in the wrong order, later made landfall in the U.S. and Mexico.

The three hurricanes — Katia (left), Irma (center) and Jose (right) — were spotted by the Suomi NPP weather satellite, which is jointly operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Although they appeared to be tracking each other, the storms were moving in different directions: Katia made landfall in Mexico on September 9; Irma hit Florida on September 10; and Jose finally dissipated off the coast of New England on September 22.

Leave a Comment