NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color view of Hurricane Odile around midday local time on September 14, 2014 when it was still southeast of the Baja California peninsula. Odile made landfall late that night as a Category 3 storm near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was the first known storm to hit Cabo San Lucas as such a strong intensity. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Odile struck Baja with wind speeds of 110 knots (204 kilometers or 127 miles per hour).
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.