This geocolor image from GOES-16 shows Hurricane Irma (l) and Hurricane Jose (r) in the Atlantic Ocean on September 7, 2017.
According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, the category 5 Irma has maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and is heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands. The storm is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Jose, a category 1 storm, has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is located about 815 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters say Jose may strengthen during the next 48 hours.
Using an algorithm created by our partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, the experimental geocolor imagery enhancement shown here displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. In daytime imagery (shown here), land and shallow-water features appear as they do in true-color imagery. Coupled with the increased resolution offered by GOES-16's Advance Baseline Imager, geocolor imagery provides astounding views of Earth's atmosphere, surface, and weather systems.