What Hurricane Nate Looked Like from Space (Videos)

Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall twice on the U.S. Gulf Coast Saturday (Oct. 7), but its approach as a category 1 storm was captured earlier in the day by satellites operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

The storm first made landfall in southeastern Louisana, near the Mississippi River's mouth, and again near Biloxi, Mississippi before weakening into a tropical storm, according to the New York Times. Video from NOAA's GOES 16 and GOES East satellites captured imagery of Nate as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour. [Hurricane Photos from Space]

Nate can be seen quickly developing in imagery captured by the NOAA GOES-13 satelite from October 4-7, 2017. 

NASA used its Aqua satellite to map Hurriane Nate in infrared as it approached the Gulf Coast.

"Infrared light provides valuable temperature data to forecasters and cloud top temperatures give clues about highest, coldest, strongest storms within a hurricane," NASA officials wrote in a statement Saturday. "NASA's Aqua satellite provided that data and showed strongest storms were in Hurricane Nate's eastern side."

On Oct. 8, 2017, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Nate's cloud top temperatures in infrared light. The strongest areas (in yellow) are seen at the storm's center. (Image credit: NASA/NRL)

Nate was the fourth hurricane in the last six weeks to batter U.S. soil. It follows Hurricane Harvey in TexasHurricane Irma in Florida  and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Note: Space.com senior producer Steve Spaleta contributed to this report.

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