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Tropical Cyclone EDZANI Powers Up to Monster Storm

Posted by feww on January 8, 2010

Will 2010 storms be even more up close and personal?

UPDATE: 11 January 2010 at 03:00UTC
EDZANI Weakens Further

  • Time/Date: 11 January 2010 –  03:00UTC
  • Position: 24.2ºS, 71.5ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 165 degrees
  • Forward speed: 24 km/hr (~ 13 kt)

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 140 km/hr (~ 75 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  170 km/hr (~ 90 kt)
  • Maximum significant wave height: 8 meters (24 feet)
  • EDZANI is about 1,670 km (900nm) ESE of La Reunion Is.
  • Sources: JTWC and Others

Tropical Cyclone EDZANI is now a Category 1 storm on FEWW Hurricane Scale


Click image to enlarge and animate. Credit: CIMSS

UPDATE: 10 January 2010 at 03:00UTC
EDZANI Continues to Weaken

  • Time/Date: 10 January 2010 –  03:00UTC
  • Position: 20.4ºS, 72.1ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 210 degrees
  • Forward speed: 25km/hr (~ 14 kt)

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 175 km/hr (~ 95 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  215 km/hr (~ 115 kt)
  • Maximum significant wave height: 9 meters (27 feet)
  • Sources: JTWC and Others

Tropical Cyclone EDZANI is now a Category 2B storm on FEWW Hurricane Scale

JTWC Reported:

10 January 2010 at 03:00UTC position near 20.4ºS 72.1ºE
Tropical cyclone EDZANI (TC 07S), located approximately 1,835 km (950 nm) east of La Reunion, has tracked south-southwestward at 25 km/hr (14 knots) over the past six hours. Animated infrared satellite imagery shows the Well defined eye feature has weakened and is no longer visible in Infrared imagery. The most recent dvorak fix from pgtw indicated the eye feature had weakened to spiral band curvature. Animated enhanced water vapor imagery indicates the favorable equatorward outflow has decreased over the past 12 hours. As EDZANI tracks southward sea surface temperatures (SST) are beginning to decrease. The combined effect of decreasing outflow and cooler SST values have caused the ongoing weakening trend in the intensity. The intensity is expected to continue the weakening trend throughout the forecast period as SST values decrease further and increased interaction with the mid-latitude westerlies causes vertical wind shear values to increase.
The subtropical ridge (STR) to the southeast remains the dominant steering source, however, a mid-latitude trough to the southwest is going to cause EDZANI to move southward and slightly south-southeast until the trough moves further east and its influence is lost. …  Maximum significant wave height at 10 00:00UTC was 9 meters (27 feet). Edited by FEWW

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UPDATE: 9 January 2010 at 03:00UTC
EDZANI Gradually Weakening

Tropical Cyclone EDZANI is now a category 4A storm on FEWW Hurricane Scale

  • Time/Date: 9 January 2010 –  03:00UTC
  • Position: 17.2ºS, 75.0ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 235 degrees
  • Forward speed: 17km/hr (9 kt)

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 225 km/hr (~ 120 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  305 km/hr (~ 150 kt)
  • Maximum significant wave height: 11 meters (34 feet)
  • Sources: JTWC and Others

JTWC Reported:

Tropical cyclone (TC) 07S (EDZANI), located approximately 2,140 km (1155 nm) east of La Reunion has tracked southwestward at 17 km/hr (09 knots) over the past six hours. Animated infrared satellite imagery shows the low level circulation center (LLCC) has maintained a steady speed and direction over the past 12 hours. The well defined eye feature has been on a steady weakening trend over the past 12 hours as well, becoming cloud filled around [January 08, 22:00UTC]. Model guidance indicates that a mid-latitude trough will begin to weaken the deep subtropical ridging (STR) to the southeast of EDZANI and will cause a more southward track between tau 24 and 96. The trough is expected to move eastward allowing the STR to begin building to the south of EDZANI around tau 96, pushing the system slightly westward. A secondary mid-latitude trough tracking to the south of EDZANI will begin to capture the LLCC keeping it on a predominantly southward track even as the STR re-develops. Complete capture of the LLCC is not expected until after tau 120. Decreasing sea surface temperatures and increasing vertical wind shear values beyond tau 60 will cause EDZANI to weaken slowly over the next five days. Maximum significant wave height on January 9 at 00:00UTC is 11 meters (34 feet). Edited by FEWW.

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EDZANI a Monster Storm and Growing

UPDATE: 8 January 2010 at 12:00UTC
EDZANI a Godzilla Storm

Tropical Cyclone EDZANI is now a category 5 storm on FEWW Hurricane Scale

  • Time/Date: 8 January 2010 –  12:00UTC
  • Position: 16.4ºS, 77.1ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 235 degrees
  • Forward speed: 15km/hr (8 kt)

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 251 km/hr (~ 135 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  305 km/hr (~ 150 kt)
  • Sources: JTWC and Others


Click image to enlarge and animate. Credit: CIMSS

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Tropical Cyclone EDZANI is now a category 4B storm on FEWW Hurricane Scale

Fed on warm ocean waters, facing little vertical wind shear and showing strong upper level outflow, EDZANI continues to strengthen.

  • Time/Date: 8 January 2010 – 03:00UTC
  • Position: 15.4ºS, 77.9ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 245 degrees
  • Forward speed: 13km/hr (7 kt)
  • A category 4 storm on Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 235 km/hr (~ 125 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts: 280 km/hr (~ 150 kt)
  • Sources: JTWC and Others

Observation:

  • Tropical Cyclone EDZANI (TC 07S) is currently located about 1,075 km (580 nm) SE of Diego Garcia, tracking west-southwestward at 13 km/hr (7 knots), and is expected to continue in its current track  during the next 24 hours. The storm should weaken as it heads toward cooler waters.
  • EDZANI has continued to intensify during the past 12 hours assisted by warm ocean waters (27ºC ~ 80ºF) in the absence of high vertical wind shear, and helped by strong upper Level outflow.
  • The cyclone has developed a  30 km (~15 nm) diameter eye and “is tracking west-southwestward in the peripheral flow around a deep subtropical Ridge situated to the south and east.” JTWC reported.


Infrared METEOSAT-7 Indian Ocean.
Credit: CIMSS Tropical Cyclones Group


Storm Tracker.
Click image to enlarge. Credit: Hawaii IFA


Water Vapor- METEOSAT-7 Indian Ocean. Click image to enlarge. Credit: CIMSS


Enhance IR – METEOSAT – 7 Indian Ocean.
Click image to enlarge. Credit: CIMSS

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TC EZANI. Source JTWC. Click image to enlarge.


TC EZANI Forecast track. Source JTWC. Click image to enlarge.

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Edzani’s Eye Develops


NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Edzani in the South Indian Ocean on Jan. 7 at 0825 UTC (3:25 ET) and an eye is now clearly visible, indicating that the storm has strengthened. Credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team

Edzani’s Rainfall


TRMM captured an image of rainfall in Edzani on Jan. 6. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour. Red areas near Edzani’s center are considered heavy rainfall at almost 2 inches per hour.  Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

3-D Look at Edzani


TRMM data provided a 3-D look at the cloud heights; temperature and rainfall in Tropical Storm Edzani, revealing a towering cloud near 17 km (10.6 miles) high indicating a strong storm. Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

2 NASA satellites see Edzani power up in clouds and rainfall

The TRMM satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Edzani in a remote area of the South Indian Ocean on January 6 at 1502 UTC (10:02 a.m. ET).

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Tropical Cyclone Seven Forms

Posted by feww on January 6, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Seven Forms in Southern Hemisphere

Details as of a few minutes ago:

Time/Date:  06:00UCT Wednesday 6 January 2010
Position:  12.5ºS, 84.3ºE
Sustained Movement: 230 degrees
Forward speed: 09 kts
Current wind distribution:
Maximum Sustained winds: 65 km/hr (35 kt)
Maximum Gusts: 85 km/hr (~ 45 kt)
Source: JTWC and Others

Remarks:
Tropical Cyclone Seven (7S) is currently located about 1,420 km (765 nm) ESE of Diego Garcia, tracking southwestward at 17 km/hr (09 knots).

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