September 20th Hurricane Rita's sustained winds reached 100 miles per hour
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Nothing is left of the Gulfside community of Holly Beach Louisiana.
sea surface temperature from September 17 to September 21
This visualization shows the sea surface temperature from September 17 to September 21 when temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico remained one to two degrees warmer than the 82 degree minimum needed to sustain a hurricane. Every area in yellow, orange or red represents 82 degrees F or above. Temperature data is from the AMSR-E instrument on the Aqua satellite, while the cloud images of Hurricane Rita were taken by the Imager on the GOES-12 satellite.