Volume: 04, Issue: 02 09/21/2005 
At 6:05 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Hurricane Rita's Category 4 hurricane force winds were observed by NASA’s QuikSCAT satellite. Image courtesy NASA/JPL.
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New satellite observations show towering thunderclouds, sometimes called hot towers, that may signify the onset of intensification in these high-octane hurricanes. Image courtesy NASA.
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A Sept. 20 image of Hurricane Rita from NASA's Aqua satellite.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA Unveils Plans for Return to Moon
Durable Orbiter Tracks Mars Changes
Cassini Spots Ghostly Ring Spokes and Possible Titan Shoreline
Crash Claims Life of Dryden Chief Engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer

More Student Lessons on Hurricanes

The explosive 2005 hurricane season rages on as Hurricane Rita roars closer to the Texas shoreline. The last issue of the Planetary Times offered NSTA hurricane resources; in this issue, check out further tools for teaching students about nature’s furious storms.

Space Explorers, Inc.’s Online Chat with Meteorologist Dr. Steven Meyer
What are hurricanes? What causes them to start and stop? How can we prepare for them? Meteorologist Dr. Steven Meyer tackled these inquiries and many more in an online chat about hurricanes. Visit the chat archive at the link above to see Dr. Meyer’s answers to questions posed by students and teachers around the country.

What Could a Hurricane Do to My Home?
This activity guide for Grades 5-8 explores the potential for global climate change to increase the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and storm surges, as well as the resulting impacts. Designed to teach through scientific inquiry, the activity seeks to stimulate thought about the long-term impact of a warmer planet. The activity responds to national education standards in the English language arts, geography, social studies, mathematics, and science.

Event-Based Science: Remote-Sensing Activities
Event-Based Science (EBS): Remote-Sensing Activities enable middle school students to use remotely-sensed data- as they tackle the real-world problems and tasks found in existing EBS modules. Remotely-sensed data are employed as an integral part of both the presentation of Earth system science concepts and the solutions to real-world problems. These activities emphasize the use of NASA remote-sensing data from satellites and sensors including: Landsat, GOES, and MODIS, and SeaWiFS. The EBS remote-sensing activities enhance EBS modules, including: Blight! Earthquake! Fire! Flood! Hurricane! Oil Spill! and Volcano!

Exploring the Environment
Online, problem-based modules have been developed by NASA's Classroom of the Future for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 teachers and students. Modules address events such as volcanoes, hurricanes, dinosaur extinction theories, deforestation, endangered species, and global climate change. The use of NASA remote-sensing images is a feature of the site, along with a tutorial about how to analyze Landsat images with NIH Image.

Sedimental Reasons
Visitors to this site can view satellite imagery and read an account of how remote sensing was employed to evaluate the extent of flooding and sediment load in rivers on the coastal plain of North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Floyd in September, 1999. This feature is part of NASA's Earth Observatory, a publication that focuses on Earth's climate and environmental change.

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