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Rick Strengthens to Cat 5 Hurricane

Posted by feww on October 18, 2009

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Rick Intensifies to a Ferocious Category 5 Hurricane Near Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Rick is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane headed toward Baja California peninsula.

Satellite imagery indicates that Rick has maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (160 mph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, Rick could cause catastrophic damage in its path and beyond.

As of posting, Rick is about 370km (230 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and threatens to turn toward the Mexican coast on Tuesday, pummeling Baja California by early Thursday, on to mainland Mexico to dump an unprecedented amount of rain.

Rick is the  seventh hurricane of the season in eastern north Pacific.

GOES Northern Hemisphere Composite SECTOR IR Image

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Hurricane Rick  at Cat 5  Strength – Northern Hemisphere Composite Sector (IR Ch 4) – still image dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Unenhanced satellite image of Rick at Cat 5 strength showing textbook eye and near-perfect symmetry

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Hurricane Rick – Cat 5 – Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone

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Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities – 120 Hours

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GOES Full Disk East IR- Still image. Click image to enlarge and update. [Images are updated every three (3) hours.]

Other Images of Rick

Hurricane Rick – Cat 5 – AVNColor enhancement-  Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

NOAA Polar Mapped Mosaic Composites Showing Typhoon Lupit and Hurricane Rick

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Other Satellite Images

GOES Satellite: East Pacific Hurricane Rick(EP20)

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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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