Tropical Storm Fiona

September 2nd, 2010 |
GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images

McIDAS images of GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel data (above, also available as a QuickTime movie) showed some interesting details associated with Tropical Storm Fiona in the central Atlantic Ocean on 02 September 2010: a series of intense convective bursts just south of a partially-exposed low-level circulation center, and a large northward-moving “outflow boundary” arc cloud. The GOES-13 satellite had been placed into Rapid Scan Operations (RSO) model, allowing images as frequently as every 5-10 minutes.

AWIPS images of the MIMIC Total Precipitable Water (TPW) product (below) revealed that a significant plume of TPW was being drawn northward from Tropical Storm Fiona into the circulation of Hurricane Earl. Note to National Weather Service forecast offices: see this site for details on how the CIMSS MIMIC TPW product can be added to your local AWIPS workstations, via Unidata LDM subscription.

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water product

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water product

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