This was one of the strongest hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Gilbert had winds up to 184 mph and a barometric pressure of 888 mb, which is the second-lowest pressure ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane. Gilbert devasted Jamaica as it raked the entire length of the island. It hit the Yucatan peninsula shortly after recording the lowest pressure reading. The Yucatan was spared as the eye wall weakened shortly before landfall. After moving over the Yucatan, the strength of the hurricane diminished from a category 5 to a category 3. It caused serious flooding in the Monterrey region when it made landfall in Northern Mexico.
Data are from the NOAA GOES-East and GOES-West satellites. Images and rendering by Hal Pierce.
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Hurricane Gilbert approaching Jamaica on 1988 September 12 at 1200 UT. Data are from the NOAA GOES-East and GOES-West satellites.
Red-Green Stereo Images
Hurricane Gilbert in true stereo
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This image is true stereo from GOES-East and GOES-West satellites. Use red/green stereo glasses with the red lens on the right eye. The date/time for this image was 15 Sepember 1988 16:18:55 UTC.
Hurricane Gilbert in simulated stereo
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This is a red/green stereo image made from GOES-East data by rendering the hurricane Gilbert GOES-8 image in perspective from two different viewpoints.
See the RSD Image Catalog for additional images.
Image produced by Hal Pierce Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.