Massive hurricane Gilbert approaches the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico on September 13, 1988.

This image was derived from the visible, near and thermal IR bands from the AVHRR aboard the NOAA-9 satellite. It was created by draping an RGB image over a digital elevation model (DEM) generated from cloud top temperatures. The DEM was derived from an inverted channel 4 band (thermal IR) while the RGB image was created using channel 4, channel 2 (near IR) , and channel 1 (visible). The perspective view represents an elevation of 86° from horizontal. The date of this scene is September 13, 1988 at 21:18 UTC.


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