Hurricane Manuel near the west coast of Mexico

September 19th, 2013 |
Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

AWIPS images of Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.7 µm DayNight Band data showed Hurricane Manuel centered just off the west coast of Mexico at 07:54 UTC or 12:54 AM local time (above) and at 09:37 UTC or 2:27 AM local time (below) on 19 September 2013. Manuel had just reached hurricane intensity several hours earlier. In the 07:54 UTC images above, hints of an eye feature were present on both the IR and the Day/Night Band. In the 09:37 UTC images below, evidence of offshore convective bursts could be seen (many of which exhibited cloud-top IR brightness temperatures of -80º C and colder, violet color enhancement).

Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

Manuel rapidly lost organization and intensity upon moving inland over the rugged terrain of the Sierra Madre Occidental, becoming a remnant area of low pressure over northern Mexico at the end of the day on 19 September.

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