Hurricane Igor intensifies to a Category 2 storm

September 12th, 2010 |
SSMI/S 85 GHz microwave brightness temperature image

SSMI/S 85 GHz microwave brightness temperature image

An SSMI/S 85 GHz microwave brightness temperature image from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site (above) displayed a well-defined eyewall structure associated with Hurricane Igor ar 11:32 UTC on 12 September 2010.

GOES-13 1-km resolution 0.63 µm visible channel images (below) showed an improving appearance to the eye of Igor during the morning hours.

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images

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GOES-13 10.7 µm IR images

GOES-13 10.7 µm IR images

Igor rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane later in the day. GOES-13 4-km resolution 10.7 µm IR images (above) displayed a well-defined eye, while a plot of the CIMSS Advanced Dvorak Technique (below) showed the trend of rapid intensification.

Plot of the CIMSS Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT)

Plot of the CIMSS Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT)

1-km resolution GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images (below) showed a fairly nice eye structure during the daytime hours.

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images