hurricane preparation

We’re using our unique vantage point in space to provide observations and data of Hurricane Irma and other tropical storms. Hurricanes Irma and Jose are seen here in a 12-hour long infrared loop. Scientists monitor storms in infrared to closely monitor clouds and storm intensity. We continue to provide satellite imagery for these storms, tracking its trajectory, force and precipitation to inform forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

As these storms continue their westward drive in the coming days, they will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes.

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The Freedom Fighters never turn down people in need, not even in the real world!  As I’m sure you all know, the states of Texas and Louisiana have recently been hit with a Category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Harvey.  Among the affected areas was Houston, one of the biggest cities in the US.  Simple fact is, not everyone can escape from such a huge storm in time, and even if they can they’ll most likely have to leave many things behind.  The hurricane has since regressed to a tropical storm, but the damage has been done- thousands of houses destroyed, countless precious belongings damaged beyond repair, hundreds of thousands of people flooded out of their homes and stuck in overcrowded shelters.  As if that wasn’t enough, another major hurricane, Irma, is currently preparing to rage the Caribbean Islands and may even reach the East Coast.  For the affected areas to truly recover from these disasters will take many years, but in the meantime there are innocent victims that need our help.

So where do we at ASO come in?  This October, we’re planning to hold a Sonic gaming stream to raise relief money!  Hosted by a member of our staff, @ian-pk, watch us play Sonic games that you audience members vote for!  Of course, as this is still a non-profit project, 100% of the donations generated during this event will be instantly transferred to trustworthy charities that will ensure that the victims of both storms are given the proper care.  Our project may currently be small and humble, but we still want to do our part to help out a good cause.  We have no idea how well the stream will go, but it’s our hope that our beloved audience will do their best to spread the word and help this endeavor be as successful as it can be!  And of course, we do have incentive- we have some exclusive ASO previews for the more generous donors!

As of right now, there are still quite a few details that need to be worked out, but you can all look forward to some updates soon!  Even the Freedom Fighters can’t tackle this tragedy alone- we need your help!  Whether it’s through spreading the word or donating during the stream, every little bit helps!  It’s times like these when the true power of teamwork makes itself known, so let’s do it to it!  

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To those living in the gulf coast region and are in the path of Hurricane Harvey:

Please prepare as the Hurricane is predicted to make land fall late Friday night!!!

Here are some things off the top of my head that should be done or purchased before Harvey makes landfall.

  • make sure you bring in any furniture that is not weighed down
  • All your animals should have tags on them with phone number or your address on it (fences could possibly be knocked down and animals could get frightened and run off)
  • Purchase candles and matches/lighters
  • Propaine tanks/charcoal/lighter fluid - what ever your grills work with-
  • Body wipes for hygiene and fill up bathtubs so you flush your toilets
  • Make sure your back up generators work properly and do not place them in doors
  • WATERRRRRRRRRR - get water and gas first!!!!!
  • Call your relatives and make sure everyone knows what to prepare for.
  • Check in on any relatives or neighbors that may live alone.
  • Buy a windup radio and a wind up light source ( I can’t remember the brand that we have)
  • Make sure your phones are fully charged

Feel free to add to this post! Stay safe everyone! ❤️

All Eyes on Harvey

Our Earth-observing satellites, along with the cameras and crew of the International Space Station, are keeping a watchful eye over Hurricane Harvey as it churns in the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Harvey blows ashore over coastal Texas on Friday night, it will likely be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005.

Above is a view of Harvey from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured on Aug. 25 at 10:07 a.m. EDT (1407 UTC) clearly showing the storm’s eye as Harvey nears landfall in the southeastern coast of Texas. As Hurricane Harvey continued to strengthen, we analyzed the storm’s rainfall, cloud heights and cloud top temperatures. 

Above, the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) core observatory satellite flew almost directly above intensifying Hurricane Harvey on August 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 UTC) and we used the Microwave Imager instrument to peer through dense storm clouds to reveal the location of intense rainfall bands near the center of the hurricane. 

And from the International Space Station, cameras were pointed towards Harvey as the orbiting laboratory passed overhead 250 miles above the Earth. The video above includes views from the space station recorded on August 24, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to be a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale—with winds higher than 111 miles (179 kilometers) per hour—when it makes landfall. It will likely produce a storm surge of 6 to 12 feet (2 to 4 meters) and drop between 15 and 25 inches (38 and 63 centimeters) of rain in some areas—enough to produce life-threatening flash floods.

For updated forecasts, visit the National Hurricane Center
Ensure you are prepared for Hurricanes. Get tips and more at  FEMA’s Ready site.
Get the latest updates from NASA satellites by visiting our Hurricane site.

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Hurricane prep.

Welp, I’m done preping for today, I smell like week old bath water, and a sweaty hog, but the house is boarded. I’m packed in case we gotta go in a hurry, I checked, and rechecked, our supplies list, and I made sure all my peeps were safe. So I think I’m gonna crawl in bed and play Zelda until I fall asleep.

Thanks @ninjageko43 and @shirokimoto for keeping my spirits up, your messages meant a lot. ^^

hurricane irma (pt. 2)

my dad has been checking weather alerts on irma like crazy for the past two days (my family, his parents, sister, and loads of extended family live on st. croix, which is in the path of the hurricane). last night while we were sleeping, irma strengthened up to a category 5 hurricane. NOAA thinks that irma will be the strongest hurricane on record, winds are currently 175 mph. it’s expected to hit the leeward islands tonight (it is tuesday morning as i’m writing this), and st. croix is going to get hit on wednesday, and to say the least, i’m scared out of my mind. if you’re in florida, prepare NOW, please don’t risk being unprepared, these islands can’t evacuate, they’re stuck and they have to endure this hurricane, please evacuate if you can, it’s better to get out with some belongings and your life than to endure a hurricane you don’t have to endure. i’m not religious, but i’m praying for everyone that’s going to be affected by irma, stay safe.

and now, a list of things you should have if you’re preparing for hurricane irma:

• a gallon/gallons of water (put them in the freezer) (DRINK SOME OF THE WATER, IT WILL EXPLODE IF YOU DON’T)


•lots and lots and lots of batteries

•games (to make it more bearable)

•a radio (you can listen to news reports before signal gives out)

•a tight sealing ziploc bag to keep electronics in if you’re worried about them

•you can try barricading windows and any glass in your house (because trust me, your windows will get shattered and blown in by the gusts)

•CLOTHES (lots of clean, fresh, dry clothes, do laundry while you can!!)

•an emergency bag filled with all of these, whether it’s a duffel or just a small messenger bag, if you need to evacuate it’s best to be prepared beforehand

•snacks/instant meals (cereal, granola/protein bars, fruit, etc.) because you never know how long you’ll be stuck in hiding

•a good, sturdy hiding space. usually the best place is a bathroom or a basement, whichever has better walls and a ceiling

•candles/portable lantern for when power goes out

•matches/a lighter

•that’s all i can think about for now, please feel free to add to this list