Hurricane Lane

August 22nd, 2018 |

NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images [click to enlarge]

NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images [click to enlarge]

NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images (above; courtesy of William Straka, CIMSS) showed the eye of Hurricane Lane in the central Pacific Ocean at 1208 UTC on 22 August 2018, a few hours after it reached Category 5 intensity (SATCON). Surface mesovortices were evident within the eye, and storm-top gravity waves were seen propagating west-southwestward away from the eyewall.

 

GOES-15 (GOES-West) Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images (below) revealed a significant amount of trochoidal motion as Lane moved northwestward during the 21 August – 22 August period. The storm weakened somewhat to Category 4 intensity as of 15 UTC on 22 August.

GOES-15 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

Hurricane Lane was near the limb of the Full Disk view of both Himawari-8 and GOES-17, as seen in a comparison of “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images from the two satellittes (below).

* GOES-17 images shown here are preliminary and non-operational *

“Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images from Himawari-8 (left) and GOES-17 (right) [click to play animation | MP4]

DMSP-16/17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) images from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site are shown  below.

DMSP-16 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1411 UTC [click to enlarge]

DMSP-16 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1411 UTC [click to enlarge]

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1717 UTC [click to enlarge]

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1717 UTC [click to enlarge]

Since forming as Tropical Depression 14E on 14 August. Lane had been moving westward over water having only modest Ocean Heat Content but Sea Surface Temperature values of 27-28ºC (below).

Track of Hurricane Lane, with maps of Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature [click to enlarge]

Track of Hurricane Lane, with maps of Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature [click to enlarge]

===== 23 August Update =====

NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images at 1150 UTC [click to enlarge]

NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images at 1150 UTC [click to enlarge]

Hurricane Lane remained at Category 4 intensity during the early hours of 23 August — however, the satellite presentation began to deteriorate as the eye became cloud-filled as seen in toggles between VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images from NOAA-20 at 1150 UTC (above) and Suomi NPP at 1240 UTC (below). An interesting narrow “warm trench” signature became very pronounced within the northwestern quadrant of Lane on the later Suomi NPP Infrared image.

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images at 1240 UTC [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images at 1240 UTC [click to enlarge]

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm, left) and Infrared Window (10.7 µm, right) images, with hourly plots of data from Buoy 51002 [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm, left) and Infrared Window (10.7 µm, right) images, with hourly plots of data from Buoy 51002 [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm) and Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images after sunrise (above) showed that the eye of Lane moved over Buoy 51002 — located about 200 miles southwest of the Big Island of Hawai’i — just after 19 UTC (below). The peak wind gust measured by the buoy was 93 knots or 107 mph ay 1830 UTC; the lowest wind and air pressure values were recorded while in the eye from 1930-2110 UTC.

Plot of wind speed/gust and air pressure data from Buoy 51002

Plot of wind speed/gust and air pressure data from Buoy 51002

At 1703 UTC Buoy 51002 was located just west of the eye, beneath strong convection of the eyewall as seen on a DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image (below).

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1703 UTC, with and without plots of buoy data [click to enlarge]

DMSP-17 SSMIS Microwave (85 GHz) image at 1703 UTC, with and without plots of buoy data [click to enlarge]

A Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image at 2334 UTC or 1:34 pm HST on 23 August is shown below.

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

===== 24 August Update =====

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image [click to enlarge]

A Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) image (above) showed Category 3 Hurricane Lane at 1211 UTC or 2:11 am HST on 24 August. Thin tendrils of high-altitude transverse banding can be seen along the western and northern periphery of the storm.

GOES-15 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images (below) showed the development of the transverse banding as Lane eventually weakened to a Category 1 storm during the course of the day; a rapid warming of the cloud-top infrared brightness temperatures began around 2100 UTC. Even though the Ocean Heat Content and Sea Surface Temperature in the waters immediately west of Hawai’i were still fairly high, the hurricane was moving into an environment of increasingly unfavorable deep-layer wind shear which acted to decouple the low-level and mid-level circulations and hasten the weakening process.

GOES-15 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm) images (below) provided a slightly closer look at the storm during the daylight hours.

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-15 Visible (0.63 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

A dramatic difference was seen between Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band images at 1211 UTC and 2315 UTC (below), as Lane weakened from a Category 3 to a Category 1 hurricane in this 11-hour period.In spite of the rapid weakening, very heavy rainfall continued across much of the State, with 24-hour amounts exceeding 20 inches at some locations on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Note that the Low-Level Circulation Center (LLCC) of Lane had become exposed on the later 2315 UTC image (in spite of a thin veil of cirrus overhead), and was located to the southwest of the rapidly-dissipating convection that was closer to the islands.

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) images [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) images [click to enlarge]

===== 25 August Update =====

On the islands, the highest wind gust associated with Lane was 74 mph — and storm total rainfall amounts greater than 50 inches were recorded, with Hilo setting a record 3-day accumulation of 31.85 inches and a record 4-day accumulation of 36.76 inches. Rainfall rates on the Big Island exceeded 19 inches in 24 hours on 23 July.

Time series of surface reports from Hilo, Hawai'i [click to enlarge]

Time series of surface reports from Hilo, Hawai’i [click to enlarge]

Hourly images of the MIMIC Total Precipitable Water (TPW) product during the period 22-25 August (below) showed the circulation of Lane transporting high amounts of moisture across the Hawaiian Islands. TPW values of 60 mm (2.4 inches) or more were also seen in rawinsonde data from Hilo on many of these days.

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water product during 22-25 August [click to play animation | MP4]

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water product during 22-25 August [click to play animation | MP4]

A toggle between Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band images from 24 August / 2315 UTC and 25 August / 1152 UTC (below) showed a slow north/northwestward motion of the exposed LLCC of what had further weakened to Tropical Storm Lane.

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) images [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) images [click to enlarge]

Typhoon Soulik in the northwest Pacific Ocean

August 20th, 2018 |

Himawari-8 AHI Band 13 Clean Window (10.4 µm) imagery, 0900-1400 UTC on 18 August 2018 (Click to animate)

Typhoon Soulik, south of Japan and moving westward, has acquired a very large eye — almost 100 miles across! Himawari-8 imagery, above (courtesy JMA), shows the evolution and enlargement of the eye between 0900 and 1400 UTC on 20 August 2018.

GCOM, Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 all passed over Soulik between 1600 and 1715 UTC on 18 August. The Infrared Toggle, below, from NOAA-20 (1608 UTC) and Suomi NPP (1658 UTC) also shows a large eye.

NOAA-20 (1608 UTC) and Suomi NPP (1658 UTC) 11.45 µm Infrared Imagery of Soulik on 18 August 2018 (Click to enlarge)

Day Night Band Imagery from Suomi NPP, below, also shows a large eye. There was little lunar illumination occurring at the time because the moon was below the horizon.

Suomi NPP Day Night Band Visible (0.70 µm) Imagery over Soulik, 1658 UTC on 18 August 2018 (Click to enlarge)

GCOM overflew Soulik at 1702 UTC, and the AMSR-2 instrument on board gave estimates of rain rate, both convective and a the surface. Those are toggled below.

GCOM AMSR-2 Microwave estimates of Precipitation over Soulik, 1702 UTC on 18 August 2018 (Click to enlarge)

(Suomi NPP, NOAA-20 and GCOM imagery courtesy William Straka, CIMSS)

Soulik’s eye was wide enough that a NUCAPS soundings retrieval (Click here for more information on NUCAPS soundings) could be made from data collected during a Suomi-NPP overpass at 0350 UTC on 21 August 2018.  Note the green sounding location within Soulik’s eye — Green dots denote regions where the infrared retrieval was successful.  The sounding at that point is shown below. (NUCAPS imagery courtesy Landon Aydlett, WFO Guam).

Suomi NPP NUCAPS sounding locations at 0350 UTC on 21 August 2018 on top of AHI 10.4 µm Clean Window imagery (Click to enlarge)

Suomi NPP NUCAPS Sounding within the eye of Soulik at 0350 UTC on 21 August 2018 (Click to enlarge)

You can use NUCAPS Soundings to diagnose the difference between the environment in the storm eye, and in the surrounding environment. The animation below shows locations of 5 soundings, one in the Eye, and one north, east, south and west of the CDO.  The five selected soundings are shown at the bottom, with insets showing which sounding is which.  The sounding in the eye shows remarkable warmth, as expected:  at 555 hPa, for example, eye temperatures are around 8º C;  values at the 4 outside points range from 0.4º to 2.9º C.  Sounding parameters as viewed in AWIPS can be seen here.

Suomi NPP NUCAPS Sounding Points overlain on a Day Night Band Image, ~0350 UTC on 21 August 2018 (Click to enlarge). Sounding locations are indicated.

NUCAPS Soundings in and around Typhoon Soulik at the locations indicated, ~0350 UTC on 21 August 2018 (Click to enlarge)

Soulik’s path is projected to remain south of Japan and approach the Korean Peninsula by mid-week. For more information on Soulik, consult the CIMSS/SSEC Tropical Weather Website, or the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Super Typhoon Maria

July 5th, 2018 |

Himawari-8 Visible (0.64 µm, left) and Infrared Window (10.4 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, left) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.4 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Typhoon Maria underwent a period of rapid intensification (ADT | SATCON) while it was just northwest of Guam late in the day on 05 July 2018, becoming the first Category 5 Super Typhoon of the 2018 West Pacific season. Rapid-scan Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.4 µm) images (above) showed Maria during this period of rapid intensification. Cloud-top infrared brightness temperatures reached -80ºC (violet enhancement) at times in the eyewall of the storm.

A GPM GMI Microwave (85 GHz) image from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site (below) showed the pinhole eye of Maria around the time it reached Category 5 intensity. The tropical cyclone was moving over water with high values of Ocean Heat Content — and was in an environment characterized by low values of Deep-layer Wind Shear.

GPM GMI Microwave (85 GHz) image [click to enlarge]

GPM GMI Microwave (85 GHz) image [click to enlarge]

Mesovortices could be seen within the eye on Himawari-8 Visible imagery (below). However, note how the eye became less distinct and increased in diameter toward the end of the animation.

Himawari-8

Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Shortly after 00 UTC on 06 July, Maria began the process of an eyewall replacement cycle as shown in MIMIC TC morphed microwave imagery (below) — and during the following 6-12 hours a decreasing trend in storm intensity was seen (ADT | SATCON).

MIMIC TC morphed microwave image product [click to play animation]

MIMIC TC morphed microwave image product [click to play animation]

A toggle between Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images at 1603 UTC on 06 July (below; courtesy of William Straka, CIMSS) showed Category 4 Typhoon Maria after the eye had filled following the eyewall replacement cycle.

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (0.7 µm) and Infrared Window (11.45 µm) images [click to enlarge]

===== 08 July Update =====

Himawari-8

Himawari-8 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.4 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Super Typhoon Maria re-intensified to Category 5 intensity at 12 UTC on 08 July (SATCON) — Himawari-8 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.4 µm) images (above) displayed a large (30 nautical mile wide) eye. The subtle signature of mesovortices could be seen rotating within the eye.

During the preceding daylight hours, Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (below) showed the eye mesovortices in better detail.

Himawari-8

Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

However, Maria was again downgraded to a Category 4 storm at 00 UTC on 09 July, as another eyewall replacement cycle took place (DMSP-17 microwave image) and the storm began to move over water having slightly cooler Sea Surface Temperature and Ocean Heat Content. The eye and its mesovortices continued to be prominent in Himawari-8 Visible and Infrared imagery (below).

Himawari-8

Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, left) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.4 µm, right) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Kilauea effects stretch to Guam

June 1st, 2018 |

Suomi-NPP Views of the eastern tip of the island of Hawai’i at 1155 UTC on 1 June 2018. VIIRS Day Night Band Visible (0.70) and Shortwave Infrared (3.75) and Longwave Infrared (11.45) (Click to enlarge)

Early on 1 June 2018, clear skies allowed an unobstructed view of the still-erupting Kilauea from Suomi-NPP. (Orbit paths from this link).   The image above steps through the Day Night Band 0.7 µm Visible Image, the 3.75 µm Shortwave Infrared, and the 11.45 µm Longwave Infrared. The warm signatures of the lava extend all the way into the ocean.


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Photo showing Volcanic Haze on the Island of Guam (photo courtesy Brandon Aydlett, NWS GUM)

On 30 May 2018, hazy skies were widespread over the Mariana Islands, haze that could be traced back to Hawaii. (The picture above looks northeast from Nimitz Hill on the island of Guam).

The visible imagery below shows a pall of haze entrenched within the tropical easterlies from south and west of Hawai’i all the way across the Pacific Basin to Guam — a distance of some 4000 miles! (Himawari imagery courtesy Brandon Aydlett, NWS GUM, where the National Weather Service day begins!)

Himawari-8 Band 3 (0.64 µm) Imagery on Wednesday 30 May 2018 (Click to enlarge)