The GOES-13 satellite captured this stunning visible image of Hurricane Irene at 8:32 a.m. EDT, just 28 minutes before Irene's landfall in New York City. The image showed Irene's huge cloud cover blanketing New England, New York and over Toronto, Canada. Shadows in Irene's clouds indicate the bands of thunderstorms that surround now tropical storm Irene. (Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project)
Rainfall was Irene's biggest issue, and NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission provided a look at heavy rains within the storm as it made its way from the North Carolina coast to a landfall in New York City at 9 a.m. EDT today, August 28, 2011.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite can measure rainfall from its orbit high above the earth and on Saturday August, 27, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. EDT it revealed several areas of heavy rainfall within Irene around her eye and in her outer bands. At that time Irene's center of circulation was still well defined and Irene was dropping intense rainfall over Cape Hatteras east of the hurricane's center. Irene brought those heavy rains from North Carolina north to New England on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.