Medicane makes landfall in Tunisia

November 22nd, 2020 |

EUMETSAT Meteosat-11 High Resolution Visible (0.8 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

EUMETSAT Meteosat-11 High Resolution Visible (0.8 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

EUMETSAT Meteosat-11 High Resolution Visible (0.8 µm) images (above) showed a westward-moving medicane which developed a fairly distinct eye shortly before making landfall along the eastern coast of Tunisia on 22 November 2020.

A Suomi NPP VIIRS True Color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) image displayed using RealEarth (below) provided a higher-resolution view of the medicane’s eye and convective banding at 1152 UTC.

Suomi NPP VIIRS True Color RGB image valid at 1152 UTC [click to enlarge]

Suomi NPP VIIRS True Color RGB image valid at 1152 UTC [click to enlarge]

A plot of surface observations for Monastir’s Habib Bourguiba International Airport DTMB (below) showed that winds gusted to 43 knots as the system made landfall.

Plot of surface observations for Monastir's Habib Bourguiba International Airport [click to enlarge]

Plot of surface observations for Monastir’s Habib Bourguiba International Airport [click to enlarge]

Cyclone Gati makes landfall in Somalia

November 22nd, 2020 |

EWS-G1 Visible (0.63 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

EWS-G1 Visible (0.63 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

US Space Force EWS-G1 Visible (0.63 µm) images (above) showed Category 2 Cyclone Gati as it made landfall along the east coast of Somalia on 22 November 2020. The tropical cyclone rapidly intensified (ADT | SATCON) as it moved westward across the North Indian Ocean (through a corridor of low wind shear).

EWS-G1 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images (below) revealed cloud-top infrared brightness temperatures in the -70 to -80ºC range as the eye was forming after 02 UTC. The eye of Gati opened quickly, but then collapsed and became cloud-filled shortly before landfall. It bears mentioning that in the historical record there are no tropical cyclones of Hurricane intensity making landfall in Somalia.

EWS-G1 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

EWS-G1 Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]


EWS-G1 Water Vapor (6.5 µm) images (below) also showed the apparent merger of 2 convective clusters — in addition to their brief Fujiwhara-type rotation — prior to Gati’s intensification and the formation of an eye.