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Storm Extravaganza

Posted by feww on August 31, 2010

Hurricane Season Could Get Busier Still

L-R:  HURRICANE EARL, Tropical Storm FIONA, T.S. DANIELLE, Invest Area 98L, T.S. LIONROCK, T.S. NAMTHEUN, Typhoon KOMPASU. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane EARL

HURRICANE EARL – IR (NHC Enhancement) Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane EARL: Summary of status at 11:10UTC on August 31, 2010 [Estimated by Fire-Earth]

  • Location: Near 20.8N 67.1W
  • Position: About 205 km (110NM) NNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Max Sustained Winds: 225 km/hr
  • Wind Gusts: 270 km/hr
  • Movement: WNW (290 degrees) at 20 km/hr
  • Max Wave Heights: 4.1m (12 feet)
  • Sources: JTWC and others

EARL is at category 4A strength on the  FEWW New Hurricane Scale.

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Hurricane Jimena Down to Cat 3

Posted by feww on September 2, 2009

Hurricane Jimena Weakens to a Category 3B on FEWW Hurricane Scale

Hurricane Jimena weakens to a Category 3B on FEWW Hurricane Scale (Cat 3 on Saffir Simpson scale) with maximum sustained winds of about 201 km/h (125 mph), still a major hurricane.

Summary of Hurricane Jimena Current Status

Time/Date:  2:00 PM PDT Tuesday, September 1, 2009 (21:00 UTC)

  • Location: 21.9°N 111.2°W
    [About 135 Km (85 miles) WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and About 265 km (165 miles) SSE of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico.]
  • Max sustained: 201 km/h (125 mph)
  • Moving: NNW (330 degrees) at 19 km/h (12 mph)
  • Min pressure: 71.3 cmHg (951 mb)

NHC Warning:

  • Hurricane warning remains in effect for the southern portion of the Baja California and other areas [See latest NHC Advisory]
  • Conditions are expected to deteriorate over the southern portion of the warning area later today and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
  • For storm information specific to your area, monitor your national meteorological service.

Palm trees are blown by strong winds in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico’s state of Baja California, as Hurricane Jimena approaches, September 1, 2009. Hurricane Jimena, an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, barreled toward Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Tuesday, forcing tourists to flee the Los Cabos resort area. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY).

Jimena is still moving on forecast track in NNW direction at a leisurely speed of about 19 km/h (12 mph), and is expected to continue same next couple of days.

MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image at 11:35 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, on September 1, 2009. At the time this image was taken, Jimena had winds of 215 kilometers per hour (135 miles per hour) with stronger gusts, said NHC. The storm was expected to bring heavy rain—up to 15 inches in some locations, a dangerous storm surge, and battering waves to Baja California. The image has been rotated 17 degrees to the east. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek. [Edited by FEWW.]

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Norbert Strengthens to a Cat 4 Hurricane

Posted by feww on October 9, 2008

UPDATE: October 12, 2008 – 06:00UTC  >> Norbert Makes Landfall in Mainland Mexico

October 10, 2008 – 03:00UTC – Norbert weakens to a category 1 hurricane.

Norbert has strengthened to a category 4A hurricane on the FEWW Hurricane Scale (Cat four on the Saffir-Simpson scale), additional strengthening possible.

Hurricane NORBERT – October 8, 2008 – 22:00UTC

Infrared Satellite image frozen. Source: NOAA.

RGB Satellite image frozen. Source: NOAA.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone


Hurricane Details:

Norbert becomes an extremely dangerous category four hurricane

  • Source: NHC
  • Forecaster: Brown
  • Date and Time: October 8, 2008 at 21:00UTC
  • Current Location: The center of hurricane Norbert was located near latitude 16.6 north, longitude 111.2 west or about 715 km south of the southern tip of Baja California.
  • Category and Wind Speed: Maximum sustained winds have increased to 215 km/hr with higher gusts.  Norbert is a Category 4A on FEWW Hurricane Scale (cat. four on the Saffir-Simpson scale). Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next 24 hours, followed by gradual weakening on Friday.
  • Direction: Norbert is moving toward the west-northwest at 15 km/hr. A northwestward motion is expected to begin later today or tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Thursday night or Friday.
  • Wind Force Extent: Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 55 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 km.
  • Estimated minimum central pressure: 948 mb (27.99 inches).
  • Additional Notes: The wind radii have increased.

Image Source: NASA/NOAA

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In the Wake of Ike

Posted by msrb on October 1, 2008

Was it a Political Decision for Ike to remain a “Category 2” Hurricane on Landfall?

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike –  Roughly an hour before this image was captured at 1:50 p.m. Central Daylight Time on September 10, 2008, Ike was a Category 2 hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. Ike was a large storm, and at the time of this image it was affecting three nations: Cuba, the United States, and Mexico. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.

Flooding from Hurricane Ike in Texas

Images and caption below: Earth Observatory/NASA

Hurricane Ike came ashore along the U.S. Gulf Coast on September 13, 2008, and the storm’s eye narrowly missed Galveston and Houston. Although the storm produced tremendous damage in both cities, perhaps the greatest damage was caused by the storm surge, which inundated the coastline near Galveston. The storm surge was greatest east of Galveston, reaching 4.6 meters (15 feet) above sea level. The area devastated by the storm surge includes coastline immediately east of Galveston Bay.

These images acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Relfection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite show part of the area scoured by Hurricane Ike. The bottom image, acquired August 15, 2006, shows the region two years prior to Ike’s landfall. The top image, acquired September 28, 2008, shows the region about two weeks after the storm surge.

In these false-color images, red indicates vegetation, and the brighter the red, the more robust the vegetation. Blue indicates water, and, in the top image, the large beige-to-brown region indicates an area devastated by the storm. The ocean water’s combination of turbulence and high salt content might have been the cause of the vegetation loss in this area. Along the coast, numerous patches of deep blue suggest that standing water lingered after the storm surge’s retreat. Only a few isolated patches of robust vegetation survive, most conspicuously on High Island. This salt dome’s relatively high elevation helped it survive the worst of the storm’s damage. Immediately southeast of High Island, a storm-spawned lake lingers.

Besides destroyed vegetation, Hurricane Ike left water standing in the bottom floors of most homes, and a slippery, muddy sludge on most roadways. An estimated 40,000 residents defied evacuation orders. In the storm’s aftermath, those left in the Galveston area had to contend with no electricity, no functional plumbing, and little food or drinkable water.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.

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