Category 3 Hurricane Katia Seen From Space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have had a birds-eye view of the 2011 hurricane season, flying over and snapping pictures of several storms. Hurricane Katia is no exception, but luckily it isn’t likely to cause much damage down on the ground. Fossum snapped a picture of the major Category 3 storm (on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength), which has been swirling over the Atlantic Ocean for more than a week. According to the National Hurricane Center the most recent measurements of Katia showed that its winds had decreased to 120 mph (195 kph), and the storm is expected to fluctuate in strength over the next day or so, before weakening below major hurricane status around Thursday.

Katia isn’t expected to directly threaten any land areas, though a tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda and surf conditions could be rough along the East Coast. Hurricane Katia is the second hurricane to form during the 2011 hurricane season, which has been predicted to spawn an above-average 14 to 19 named storms (which include tropical storms and hurricanes), seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes.