The time-lapse video above shows Hurricane Sandy, as seen from the vantage point of NASA's NOAA's GOES-14 satellite in geostationary orbit—35,800 km (22,300 miles) above the Earth—on October 26, 2012.
According to NASA Earth Observatory, the image above (see image) was captured at about 5:00 EDT, "when light from the setting sun highlighted the structure of the clouds."
The National Hurricane Center reports that the maximum sustained winds at the time the video was captured were 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour).
According to the NASA Earth Observatory, the "super rapid" scan images were captured by NOAA's GOES-14 satellite, at the rate of one every minute from 7:15 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. EDT, and reveals the details of the storm's motion.
NASA released the time-lapse even as the East Coast prepares for landfall of "Frankenstorm" Hurricane Sandy.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sandy weakened to a Tropical Storm but strengthened back early on Saturday with pressure dropping, indicating that it was intensifying.
The hurricane is building up into a "super storm" expected to make landfall on Monday or early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, the Daily Mail reports. It is expected to merge with two cold systems as it proceeds inland.
Time-lapse of Hurricane Sandy from geostationary orbit
Digital Journal reports meteorologists are predicting high winds, rainfall and snow spanning the mid-Atlantic and New England, as far as the Ohio Valley. According to Digital Journal,
"the storm is expected to be at its worst fury in New Jersey and the New York City area. The New York City area is expected to see about 5 inches of rain and gales close to 40mph. Areas from Florida to Maine will be less affected but Eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and western Virginia may see some snow.
"The weather is projected to begin clearing up in the mid-Atlantic after Halloween, and Nov. 2 in the upper Northeast.
"Coastal flooding risk will the high because the hurricane is expected to hit during a full moon. Widespread power outage lasting till election day may occur."
The coastal states, including New Jersey and New York, have declared states of emergency and have initiated contingency plans for evacuation and shutting down of the public transport systems. According to Teaneck.patch.com, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Saturday, and officials have urged residents to prepare for a massive storm.
Residents are stocking up on supplies and many stores in Manhattan have reportedly run out of flashlights and generators.
Meteorologists are still working to fine-tune their predictions of the storm's impact pattern, especially when it merges, as expected, with two other winter storms.