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movie from GOES satellite
This movie from the GOES satellite shows Hurricane Wilma's movements on Saturday. Click this link to see the video.
rain structureThis image was taken by NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite on Oct. 20, when Wilma was a Category 5 storm. It shows the underlying rain structure of the storm.
Blue represents areas with at least 0.25 inches of rain per hour. Green shows at least 0.5 inches, yellow at least 1 inch and red at least 2 inches.
Watch the video.
In order for a hurricane to form or gain strength, the ocean surface temperature must be 82-degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. On Oct. 20 the yellow, orange and red areas in this Aqua satellite image indicate areas where the water temperature was 82 degrees F or warmer. The ocean surface temperature surrounding Wilma was about 85 degrees F at the time.