Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cyclone Mick's Center Exposed, Storm Dissipating

Cyclone Mick's center of circulation is exposed today, December 15. That's bad news for any cyclone as wind shear and dry air can work their way into the center of a storm and basically destroy it from the inside-out.

At 10 a.m. ET on December 15, Mick's sustained winds were around tropical depression force, 35 mph. It was located about 185 nautical miles east-southeast of Suva, Fiji, near 20.2 South and 177.4 West. Mick was moving east-southeast near 9 mph.

Strong vertical wind shear has helped expose Mick's low-level circulation center and the strong convection and thunderstorms are almost gone. As Mick continues to fade, its remnants will move southeastward. It is expected to dissipate by the end of the day.