Strong storm in the Gulf of Alaska

August 6th, 2013 |
GOES-15 6.5 µm water vapor channel images (click image to play animation)

GOES-15 6.5 µm water vapor channel images (click image to play animation)

McIDAS images of 4-km resolution GOES-15 6.5 µm water vapor channel data (above; click image to play animation) showed the complex pattern of intensification of a storm over the western Gulf of Alaska on 06 August 2013. According to the NOAA NWS Ocean Prediction Center, this was the first cyclone to produce storm-force winds (greater than 47 knots) over the North Pacific Ocean since 21 June 2013.

AWIPS images of 1-km resolution Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR channel and 0.64 µm visible channel data with an overlay of the corresponding surface analysis (below) showed the cloud features associated with the storm system at 23:14 UTC.

Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR and 0.64 µm visible images (with surface analysis)

Suomi NPP VIIRS 11.45 µm IR and 0.64 µm visible images (with surface analysis)