Hurricane Bud

June 12th, 2018 |

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

East Pacific Hurricane Bud peaked at Category 4 intensity (ADT | SATCON) around 06 UTC on 12 June 2018 (just 4 days after Hurricane Aletta reached the same intensity) — and a GOES-16 (GOES-East) Mesoscale Sector was positioned over the storm about an hour before that time, providing “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images at 1-minute intervals (above).

A post-sunrise comparison of 1-minute GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images is shown below.

GOES-16 "Red" Visible (0.64 µm, left) and "Clean" Infrared Window (10.3 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, left) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature analyses, with the track of Hurricane Bud ending at 12 UTC on 12 June [click to enlarge]

Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature analyses, with the track of Hurricane Bud ending at 12 UTC on 12 June [click to enlarge]

As mentioned in the NHC discussion at 15 UTC, Bud was beginning to move over water having lower values of Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature (above), which would lead to rapid weakening — in fact, an erosion of the northern eyewalll was seen in DMSP-16 SSMIS Microwave imagery at 1105 UTC (below).

DMSP-16 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image [click to enlarge]

DMSP-16 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image [click to enlarge]

Hurricane Aletta

June 7th, 2018 |

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, left) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Tropical Storm Aletta was upgraded to Hurricane Aletta at 21 UTC on 07 June 2018. As was the case on 06 June, a GOES-16 Mesoscale Domain Sector centered over the tropical cyclone provided 1-minute data — and an eye eventually became apparent on  “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) imagery (above).

DMSP-15, DMSP-17 and GPM GMI Microwave (85 GHz) imagery from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site (below) showed an increase in organization of the eye structure as the day progressed.

DMSP-15 SSMI Microwave image [click to enlarge]

DMSP-15 SSMI Microwave image [click to enlarge]

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave image [click to enlarge]

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave image [click to enlarge]

GPM GMI Microwave image [click to enlarge]

GPM GMI Microwave image [click to enlarge]

===== 08 June Update =====

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Aletta went through a period of rapid intensification (ADT | SATCON), reaching Category 4 status by 15 UTC on 08 June. 1-minute GOES-16 Infrared (10.3 µm) images (above) showed the eye becoming more well-defined during the pre-dawn hours.

After sunrise, GOES-16 Visible images (below) initially hinted at the presence of mesovortices within the eye of Aletta.

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, left) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Aletta had been moving over relatively warm water and within an environment characterized by low values of deep-layer wind shear (below) — both  of which were favorable factors for intensification. An animation of the deep-layer wind shear over the East Pacific Ocean during 06-07 June is available here.

Sea Surface Temperature and Deep-Layer Wind Shear products [click to enlarge]

Sea Surface Temperature and Deep-Layer Wind Shear products [click to enlarge]

Aletta peaked in intensity later in the day on 08 June (ADT | SATCON) — as pointed out by NHC “This is also consistent with GOES-16 measurements of increased inner-core lightning observed to be occurring to the east of the eastern eyewall, which some research suggests corresponds to a halting of the intensification process”. GOES-16 Infrared (10.3 µm) imagery with GLM Group Density counts are shown below.

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) with GLM Group Density counts [click to play MP4 animation]

Why Mesoscale Sectors matter: Tropical Storm Aletta

June 6th, 2018 |

GOES-16 Visible (0.64 µm) Imagery, 1422-1741 UTC on 6 June 2018 (Click to animate)

The first Tropical Storm, Aletta, of the eastern Pacific Ocean basin has been named. One-minute imagery from a moveable Mesoscale Sector, above as an animated gif (or here as an mp4), shows a distinct low-or mid-level circulation center moving out from under higher clouds in the northeast quadrant of the storm at about 1621 UTC, being even more obvious at 1636 UTC.

The GOES-16 CONUS Sector scans at 5-minute intervals. The southern boundary of the CONUS sector (15º N Latitude), however, bisects this tropical storm, as shown at this link, and is therefore unhelpful for center diagnostics. Full Disk imagery captures the storm evolution at a 15-minute time step that is too coarse to provide a smooth animation. (Just two years ago, the time resolution for this storm formation would have been every 3 hours, as that was the time cadence for a Full Disk from GOES-13! GOES-16 really is life-changing for those who view satellite animations.)

Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 view Tropical Depression Alberto over the lower Ohio River Valley

May 30th, 2018 |

Day Night Band Visible (0.7 µm) Imagery from Suomi NPP (0722) and NOAA-20 (0812 UTC) over Tropical Depression Alberto (Click to enlarge)

Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 overflew tropical depression Alberto, at 0722 and 0812 UTC, respectively (orbit paths from this site), on 30 May 2018, and the near-Full moon provided ample illumination for the Day Night Band imagery, shown above.  A motion to the northeast is apparent.  Convection developed far to the north of the storm as well, south of Chicago, and a streak of lightning occurs over Oklahoma in the later image.  (For individual Day Night Band images in the loop, click here for Suomi NPP and here for NOAA-20) A similar loop, below, shows the Window Channel (11.45 µm) from the VIIRS instrument on Suomi NPP and NOAA-20. A tip of the Hat to Will Straka, CIMSS, for the imagery.

VIIRS Window Channel (I05) Infrared (11.45 µm) Imagery from Suomi NPP (0722) and NOAA-20 (0812 UTC) over Tropical Depression Alberto (Click to enlarge)

Added: NOAA-20 was declared Operational on 30 May 2018. Welcome NOAA-20!