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Hurricane Chris Poses for NASA's Aqua Satellite

Hurricane Chris Poses for NASA's Aqua Satellite
Hurricane Chris on July 10, 2018. (Hal Pierce/NASA/JAXA)

By    |   Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:22 AM

Hurricane Chris appeared to pose for the NASA's Aqua Satellite Wednesday after the spacecraft passed over the Eastern seaboard to take an infrared snapshot of the storm, the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center said.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, instrument aboard the satellite passed over Hurricane Chris at 2:17 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday to analyze the storm in infrared light. It found that the storm was strongest in a thick band of clouds around the eye.

Aqua also found strength in large, fragmented bands of thunderstorms north and east of the center with cloud top temperatures as cold as -63 degrees, NASA said.

According to CNN, Hurricane Chris has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds lower than 90 miles per hour and was expected to continue to lose steam Thursday. The storm, though, is still expected to send swells on the North Carolina coast as well as the mid-Atlantic, the network said.

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the National Hurricane Center said, according to CNN. The storm was about 570 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

NASA said Chris could bring heavy rain to the East Coast up to Newfoundland, Canada, as it treks north.

The Weather Channel said Chris caused a short-lived cooler change in sea-surface temperatures off the southeast coast, where temperatures had been warmer than average up to this point.

On July 6, Chris grew to a tropical depression and strengthened into a tropical storm a day later, the channel said. The storm continued to spin off the Carolina coastline before becoming a hurricane July 10, when it began to track northeastward.

Many weather-watchers on social media commented on Chris' eye as the storm continued to develop.

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NASA's Aqua Satellite captured images of Hurricane Chris on Wednesday when the spacecraft passed over the Eastern seaboard.
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