Friday, January 29, 2010

NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Olga at 11:29 p.m. EST Jan. 28 and the AMSR-E instrument measured the winds on Olga’s eastern side to be around 34 mph or 30 knots (in red), just before she strengthened back to tropical storm status.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tropical Depression 11S Forms in the Southern Indian Ocean

At 11:20 p.m. ET January 27, TRMM captured Tropical Depression 11S’s rainfall, as it was centered east of La Reunion Island. Although most of the rainfall was light to moderate (yellow and green) there were some areas of heavy rain of over 2 inches per hour (red).

At 4 a.m. ET (09:00 UTC) on January 28, Tropical Depression 11S (TD 11S) had maximum sustained winds near 39 mph (35 knots). It was located about 180 nautical miles east of La Reunion, near 21.7 degree South latitude and 58.9 degrees East longitude. TD 11S is moving southward near 6 mph (5 knots).

La Reunion Island is a French island located in the Southern Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 120 miles southwest of the island of Mauritius.

At 11:20 p.m. ET January 27, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite captured Tropical Depression 11S’s rainfall, as it was centered east of La Reunion Island. Although most of the rainfall was light to moderate there were some areas of heavy rain of over 2 inches per hour.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Cyclone Olga over northeast Australia on January 24 at 4:10 UTC.

Australia Posts Warnings Again for Olga

Olga was downgraded to a low pressure area yesterday as her center tracked west from Queensland into the Northern Territory of Australia. Now she's nearing the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria and is expected to strengthen while feeding off the Gulf's warm waters. As a result, cyclone warnings and watches have been posted for parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

On Tuesday, January 25, a Cyclone Warning is in effect for coastal and island communities from Groote Eylandt, including Alyangula in the Northern Territory, to Burketown in Queensland. In addition, a Cyclone Watch is in effect for coastal and island communities from Cape Shield to Alyangula.

At 9:30 p.m. local Australia Time (7 a.m. Eastern Time) today, January 26, Olga the Low pressure area is located near 16.8 degrees South and 137.7 degrees East. That's near the border of Queensland and the Northern Territory and about 170 kilometers east southeast of Borroloola and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Mornington Island. Olga moving west northwest at 14 mph (23 kilometers per hour).

Olga, on January 25 at 1330 UTC (8:30 a.m. ET). heading west toward the Northern Territory.

Olga was a tropical cyclone that formed in the southwestern Pacific Ocean on Saturday, January 23, and crept toward Cairns, Australia. Olga made landfall in Queensland and weakened to a low pressure area.

Ogla made landfall on January 24 at Port Douglas as a category 1 storm. Its center came ashore at around 2 p.m. Australia local time near Cape Tribulation bringing gusty winds and rains.

Today, January 25, a Cyclone Watch continues for the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast and islands from Port McArthur to Burketown. The low pressure area formerly known as Olga is located in the northwestern part of Queensland, Australia. At 10:00 p.m. Australia Darwin Local time (7:30 a.m. ET) Ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga was estimated to be 251 miles (405 kilometers) west of Georgetown and 93 miles (150 kilometers)southwest of Karumba, near 18.3 degrees South 139.7 degrees East.

Olga the low is moving west at 27 mph (44 kilometers/ph) across the base of Cape York Peninsula towards the Northern Territory/Queensland Border.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The TRMM Precipitation analysis showed Magda was dropping about 2 inches of rainfall per hour west of the eye, and some of the intense thunderstorms near the eye were as high as 16 kilometers (~52,493 feet).

Tropical Storm Madga making landfall at 01:35 UTC on January 22.

Cyclone Magda made landfall from Collier Bay at around 5 a.m. local time on January 22 in northern Australia, NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of the storm. Magda is now dissipating rapidly over land in northern West Australia.

The forecast path shown above is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity over the weekend.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Magda’s rainfall rates on Jan 21. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour and outer rainbands are already affecting the Australian coast.

Magda is currently passing through the Bonaparte Archipelago and approaching Cape Leveque, Western Australia. It is expected to make landfall on January 22 at 1 p.m. ET (3:30 a.m. January 23, local time, Australia) then cross King Sound and make another landfall, passing near the towns of Derby and Broome on its track to the southwest, toward Port Hedland. It’s still about 445 nautical miles northeast of Port Hedland.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

TRMM captured the rainfall rates of TD01W on January 20 at 0845 UTC (3:45 p.m. local time Vietnam) as it was fading over Vietnam and Cambodia.

Tropical Depression 01W wasn’t very well organized when it made landfall earlier today, and is dissipating as it now moves from Vietnam westward into Cambodia.

At 2 p.m. ET today, January 20, the cities of Battambang and Siemreap in Cambodia; and Dong Hoi, Thanh Hoa, Vinh and Son La in Vietnam were all reporting light rain, while other areas around both countries reported variable cloud conditions as TD01W’s remnants continue to dissipate.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First Tropical Depression of 2010 Forms in Northwestern Pacific

At 10 a.m. ET (10 p.m. Vietnam local time) today, January 19, Tropical Depression 01W had maximum sustained winds near 25 knots (28 mph). It was located about 190 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, near 9.1 North latitude and 108.7 East longitude. TD01W was moving northwest near 8 knots (9 mph). TD01W is generating 8- foot high waves in the South China Sea today.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tropical cyclone Edzani

Friday, January 08, 2010

The western half of Edzani's clouds on January 8 at 0905 UTC (4:05 a.m. ET) as it flew overhead. Edzani's eye is still visible. The bright spot to the left of Edzani is sun glint off the ocean surface.

On January 8 at 10 a.m. ET (1500 UTC), Cyclone Edzani had maximum sustained winds near 155 mph! That's 135 knots or 250 kilometers per hour, and it has higher gusts. Edzani's powerful hurricane-force winds extend out 40 miles from its center, while tropical storm-force winds extend up to 130 miles from the center.

Edzani was centered about 590 nautical miles south-southeast of Diego Garcia near 16.2 degrees South latitude and 76.7 degrees East longitude, safely away from any land areas. Edzani was moving southwestward near 9 mph (8 knots/14 km/hr).

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Edzani has become a tropical cyclone as a result of low wind shear and warm ocean temperatures.

TRMM data provided a 3-D look at the cloud heights; temperature and rainfall in Tropical Storm Edzani, revealing a towering cloud near 17 km (10.6 miles) high indicating a strong storm.

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Edzani in the South Indian Ocean on Jan. 7 at 0825 UTC (3:25 ET) and an eye is now clearly visible, indicating that the storm has strengthened.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of Tropical Storm Edzani on January 6 at 0450UTC safely at sea in the Southern Indian Ocean.

The area of low pressure that NASA satellites and forecasters were watching yesterday, has taken advantage of low wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures in the Southern Indian Ocean and strengthened into Tropical Storm Edzani today.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

As of today, Wednesday, 06-Jan-2010 05:18:13 PHT no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).