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Updated18/10/2017 19:30 

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Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Batters Coast of Ireland Oct. 16th

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Batters Coast of Ireland Oct. 16th

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of post tropical cyclone Ophelia as it struck Ireland on October 16, 2017. As reported by various news outlets, so far three people have been killed by the storm and thousands of homes and businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain without power. Dumfries and Galloway took the brunt of winds which reached up to 77 mph (123 km/h).Although true-color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining data from the three color channels on the VIIRS instrument sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light into one composite image. In addition, data from several other channels are often also included to cancel out or correct atmospheric interference that may blur parts of the image.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory