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Archive: Oct 2020

Super Typhoon Goni in the West Pacific Ocean

2.5-minute rapid scan JMA Himawari-8 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) showed Category 5 Super Typhoon Goni in the West Pacific Ocean on 30 October 2020. The images revealed a very small “pinhole eye”, surface mesovortices within the eye and a trochoidal motion — all characteristics of a tropical cyclone... Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta in the Caribbean Sea

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) and “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) showed Tropical Storm Zeta in the northwest Caribbean Sea on 25 October 2020. While it remained somewhat disorganized, Zeta slowly intensified from 35 knots to 45 knots during that time period. The coldest cloud-top infrared brightness temperature observed was -94.4ºC.GOES-16 Infrared images with... Read More

Record-setting cold in Montana

A toggle between Suomi NPP VIIRS Infrared Window (11.45 µm) and Topography images (above) showed a pocket of cold air exhibiting a minimum infrared brightness temperature of -35.2ºC (-31.4ºF) in the vicinity of Potomac, Montana at 0915 UTC (3:15 am MDT) on 25 October 2020 — the overnight low air... Read More