Delta – Atlantic Ocean

Oct. 09, 2020 – GPM Captures Hurricane Delta on Approach to the Gulf Coast

The NASA / JAXA GPM Core Observatory satellite passed over Hurricane Delta Thursday October 8, 2020 at approximately 7:40pm CT (00:40 UTC on 10/9/2020), capturing data on the intensity of precipitation within the storm as it approached the Gulf Coast.

GPM data on Delta
Credit: NASA

Hurricane Delta is the 25th named Atlantic storm of the 2020 hurricane season. After exhausting a list of prepared names, the World Meteorological Organization turns to the Greek alphabet to name storms. Delta marks the strongest Greek-named storm on record.

Hurricanes typically get a massive boost of energy when they pass over warm waters. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified from a tropical depression to Category 4 storm in about 30 hours.

By Jacob Reed
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center