Richard not strengthening yet; Category 4 Giri hits Myanmar; Megi approaching China

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 14:04 (GMT)

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Tropical Storm Richard remains a minimal strength tropical storm this morning, but is poised to begin a period of steady intensification that should take it to hurricane strength by Sunday. Richard is the seventeenth named storm of this very busy 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, putting 2010 into 6th place for the greatest number of named storms in the Atlantic since record keeping began in 1851. Only 2005 (28 named storms), 1933 (21 named storms), 1995 (19 named storms), 1887 (19 named storms), and 1969 (18 named storms) had more.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft is currently in Richard, but has not seen much change in the storm's winds. As of 9:45am EDT this morning, top winds at flight level of 1200 feet were 46 mph, and the top surface winds seen so far by their SFMR instrument were 49 mph. The closest buoy to Richard is NOAA buoy 42057, which is on Richard's weak side about 80 miles northwest of the center. Winds at the buoy were 34 mph, gusting to 43 mph, at 8:44am EDT. Recent satellite imagery shows that Richard has become more organized since last night, with a large Central Dense Overcast (CDO) of high cirrus clouds forming over the center. A CDO is created when strong thunderstorms near the center of a developing tropical storm create updrafts that shoot moisture high into the atmosphere. When the moisture hits the bottom of the stratosphere, the moisture condenses into cirrus clouds that flatten out and spread horizontally into the CDO, which is kind of like a giant version of the flat anvil top one sees at the top of mature thunderstorms. The low-level center of Richard is no longer nearly exposed to view, and heavy thunderstorms are now firing off near the center, a sign that wind shear has relaxed and serious intensification can progress. Richard has several curved spiral bands forming on the south and east sides, and upper level outflow is improving on all sides except the west. Satellite intensity estimates put Richard's strength at about 50 - 55 mph. Water vapor satellite loops show considerable dry air to the west of Richard, and this dry air may cause some trouble for the storm over the next few days. The waters beneath Richard are very warm, 29°C.


Figure 1. Total accumulated rainfall for Richard predicted by the 2am EDT (6Z) October 22, 2010 run of the GFDL model. The model expects top rains from Richard in the 4 - 8 inch rain (dark green colors) with a few isolated areas of 8+ inches. Image credit: Morris Bender, NOAA/GFDL.

Intensity forecast for Richard
The latest SHIPS model forecast predicts that wind shear over the Western Caribbean will remain in the low range, 5 - 10 knots, today through Tuesday. As the storm moves westwards on Saturday, it may draw close enough to coast of Honduras to hamper intensification. Assuming Richard avoids making landfall in Honduras, the light shear and warm waters that extend to great depth should allow Richard to intensify into a Category 1 hurricane by Sunday. The 5am NHC wind probability forecast is giving Richard a 4% chance of becoming a major Category 3+ hurricane. I believe the odds are higher, near 20%. The main inhibiting factor for intensification will be interaction with the north coast of Honduras, and the possibility of the dry air to the west of Richard getting wrapped into the core of the storm while it is trying to organize. A band of very strong upper-level winds associated with the jet stream will be over the Gulf of Mexico early next week, so it is likely that if Richard crosses into the Gulf of Mexico, the storm will be unable to intensify once it passes north of the latitude of the Florida Keys.

Track forecast for Richard
The latest set of 2am EDT (6Z) model runs are in much better agreement on the path of Richard compared to yesterday. Steering currents are weak in the Western Caribbean, and Richard will move little today. By Saturday, Richard will begin moving due west in response to a ridge of high pressure that is expected to build in over the Caribbean. This path will bring the center of Richard close to the northern coast of Honduras on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in very heavy rains of 3 - 7 inches along the coast. None of the models predict a more northwesterly path towards Cancun/Cozumel or the western tip of Cuba any longer, and Florida is not at risk of Richard coming its way over the next five days. The 5am EDT NHC wind probability forecast is giving the highest odds for tropical storm-force winds at Guanaja in Honduras, at 54%. Belize City is next highest, at 42%, and the odds have dropped to 28% for Cozumel. If Richard never reaches hurricane strength, it may dissipate over the Yucatan Peninsula, as predicted by the NOGAPS, GFS, and ECMWF models. If Richard does intensify into a hurricane, as predicted by the GFDL model, the storm may survive crossing the Yucatan, and emerge into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. Very high wind shear associated with the jet stream is expected to be over the Gulf of Mexico next week, so if Richard begins moving north or northeast towards the U.S. Gulf Coast, steady weakening is to be expected.

Invest 90L
A tropical wave (Invest 90L) about 100 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa has a modest amount of spin and heavy thunderstorm activity. Wind shear is a moderate 10 - 20 knots, and the waters are warm enough to support tropical storm formation. NHC is giving the system a 30% chance of developing into a tropical depression by Sunday. By Sunday, 90L's northwest movement will take the storm into a region of high wind shear of 20 - 40 knots, discouraging further development. This system is not a threat to cross the Atlantic and affect the Lesser Antilles or North America.

Cyclone Giri hits Myanmar
Powerful Cyclone Giri is making landfall this morning on the coast of Myanmar (Burma) as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Giri is one of the strongest cyclones ever to hit Myanmar, and has winds 10 mph stronger than Cyclone Nargis of 2008, which killed over 138,000 people. However, Giri is hitting a portion of the Myanmar coast that is not low-lying, and the major threat from Giri will be wind damage and flooding from heavy rains. Giri put on an impressive rapid intensification burst over the past 18 hours, strengthening from a 60 mph tropical storm at 8am EDT yesterday to a 145 mph Category 4 storm by 2am this morning.


Figure 2. Visible MODIS satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Giri taken at 2:55am EDT October 22, 2010. At the time, Giri was a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

Typhoon Megi unleashes torrential rains on Taiwan and China
Torrential rains from Typhoon Megi have triggered flooding and landslides in Taiwan that have left 3 people dead and more than 20 missing. The typhoon is also being blamed for the deaths of 36 people and $176 million in damage earlier this week in the Philippines. Megi continues its slow march towards China at 5 mph, and is expected to make landfall Saturday morning on the Chinese coast opposite from Taiwan. Megi remains a large and powerful Category 2 typhoon with 110 mph winds today, but rising wind shear is beginning to erode the northern portion of the storm's eyewall. It likely that Megi's eyewall will collapse before landfall, resulting in substantial weakening to a Category 1 storm. Megi will still be a very large and powerful storm capable of causing considerable wind and storm surge damage even at Category 1 strength. Heavy rain will likely cause serious flooding since Megi is moving slowly and is a huge storm. I expect Megi will be a billion-dollar disaster for China, mostly due to flooding from heavy rains. The outer rain bands of Megi will affect Taiwan and the coast of China near Taiwan all day today, as seen on China's radar composite and Taiwan radar.


Figure 3. Radar image of Typhoon Megi at 8:20am EDT (20:20 Taiwan time) on October 22, 2010. Image credit: Taiwan Central Weather Bureau.

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I'll have an update this afternoon.

Jeff Masters

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481. CosmicEvents
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 23:00 (GMT)
New blog.
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480. IKE
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:38 (GMT)
NEW BLOG!
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479. fredric1979
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:38 (GMT)
from Mobile NWS

TUE AND WED...FORECASTERS WILL MAINTAIN A SMALL CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS AS THE LOCAL AREA REMAINS UNDER A WARM AND MOIST SOUTH TO
SOUTHWEST FLOW IN THE LOWER TO MID LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE. THE
LATEST GFS/ECMWF GUIDANCE SUGGESTS NEXT FRONT WILL SINK INTO THE DEEP
SOUTH DURING THE DAY THU WHICH FAVORS AN UPWARD TREND IN RAIN
CHANCES. IN THE MEANTIME...RICHARD IS FORECAST BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER TO BE MOVING OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA MON/TUE
EMERGING INTO THE SOUTHWEST GULF...OFF THE NORTHWEST TIP OF THE
PENINSULA ON WED. THU AND FRI...HIGH LEVEL WESTERLIES OVER THE GULF
WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY HOSTILE FOR RICHARD TO SURVIVE IF IT GAINS
ANY LATITUDE LATE NEXT WEEK. THE LATEST 22.12Z RUN OF THE GFS/ECMWF
LOSE RICHARD`S CIRCULATION ALL TOGETHER BUT DO DIFFER ON HOW THE
WESTERLIES STRETCH OUT RICHARD`S TROPICAL MOISTURE OVER THE GULF.

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478. sunlinepr
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:25 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:

Nice,,,,,Just downloaded that video for my collection... thanks
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477. weaverwxman
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:22 (GMT)
PBWeather guess you missed out on Cleo Donna David those were fun times because i was very young and did not know any better
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476. GeoffreyWPB
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:21 (GMT)
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475. PalmBeachWeather
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:19 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:


Yeah, he's improved with experience. He used to be the tropics' largest upcaster, and his fame from Andrew only worsened that for a few years until he found his footing. He used to make me crazy; every little swirl in the east Atlantic could become a tropical storm and could grow to be an Andrew-like monster and could be on a beeline to South Florida. Ah, well, we all live and learn.

At least, most of us do... ;-)

And we all grow older and smarter Neo.Maybe..Bryan looks a liitle worse for wear, as we all do.. I have now been through Andrew,
Frances, Jeanne, Wilma, and grew up in Xenia Ohio, and experienced a big tornado April 3,1974, 3:40 pm...I always tell my friends......Don't follow me
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474. Neapolitan
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:15 (GMT)
Quoting PalmBeachWeather:

I was so glad Brian Norcross is on the Weather Channel.He walked us throug Andrew in 1992.I lived in the Redlands then...Now Palm Beach county


Yeah, he's improved with experience. He used to be the tropics' largest upcaster, and his fame from Andrew only worsened that for a few years until he found his footing. He used to make me crazy; every little swirl in the east Atlantic could become a tropical storm and could grow to be an Andrew-like monster and could be on a beeline to South Florida. Ah, well, we all live and learn.

At least, most of us do... ;-)
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473. weaverwxman
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:14 (GMT)
Quoting FLWaterFront:


You were living in Miami in 1900??

Just kidding.. just kidding! No offense, please.

But really, it has been a looooong time since Miami was a small town where everybody knew each other.
Miami was a small town in 1933 when my mom moved here from Akron. Bob Weaver was the only real weatheman in Miami for about 20 years. Brian Norcrossdresser was never a real weatherman IMO but did a great job the night Andrew lashed S. Miami that is his claim to fame
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472. GeoffreyWPB
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:12 (GMT)
Behind the scenes with Bob Weaver:

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471. HurricaneDean07
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:12 (GMT)
Afternoon everyone, sorry haven't been able to get on lately, been very busy. anyway, so i see we have 45 MPH tropical Storm Richard, cape verde system 90L, and two new depressions in the western pacific. so lets just say i've missed alot
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470. CaicosRetiredSailor
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:11 (GMT)
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469. PalmBeachWeather
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:10 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:

Ah, Bob Weaver! Good man. He lived in Hollywood for a while near where I did, and I'd run into him at the Publix--in the bakery, always in the bakery--at least once a month for years. I remember when it was Don Noe, Bryan Norcross, and him on the Big Three networks. Good times...

I was so glad Brian Norcross is on the Weather Channel.He walked us throug Andrew in 1992.I lived in the Redlands then...Now Palm Beach county
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467. robert88
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:07 (GMT)
Conditions are only going to get worse with dry air and shear in the GOM here on out. It won't matter if a major hurricane develops in the Caribbean headed into the GOM as far as the CONUS goes. It will dry out in a blink of an eye. JMO
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466. FLWaterFront
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:05 (GMT)
Quoting Grothar:


Miami was just a small town back then, and everybody knew each other. Never met him, but we all felt like we knew him. Those were nice days down here.


You were living in Miami in 1900??

Just kidding.. just kidding! No offense, please.

But really, it has been a looooong time since Miami was a small town where everybody knew each other.
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464. Neapolitan
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:00 (GMT)
Quoting Grothar:


Hey, there used to be a local weatherman in Miami for about 90 years who was called "Weaver the Weather Man" any relation?? Great guy, by the way!

Ah, Bob Weaver! Good man. He lived in Hollywood for a while near where I did, and I'd run into him at the Publix--in the bakery, always in the bakery--at least once a month for years. I remember when it was Don Noe, Bryan Norcross, and him on the Big Three networks. Good times...
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463. FLWaterFront
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 21:00 (GMT)
Quoting tropicfreak:
Maybe we will see a Fay someday.



Someday but not anytime soon, I think.

That was an August storm, which is why it flirted with strengthening for a brief time after landfall. It also went right over Lake Okeechobee, which was at 90F at the time.
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462. stormwatcherCI
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:56 (GMT)
Quoting weaverwxman:
Not related but I never missed his weather forecast he was a fixture in S.Fla whom I think everyone respected
I moved away from Miami in 1973 and even I remember him.
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460. robert88
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:52 (GMT)
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:
Looking at the UAD from NOAA, it appears the 400mb level is rather dry with air temp -15c and dewpoint -62c


That is the reason why Richard has been unable to wrap up into something formidable. The air has been so stable to the W. Richard has been pulling that in to his circulation for days now.
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459. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:50 (GMT)
Quoting capeflorida:


Loved Bob Weaver, grew up watching him and later met him at a golf driving range. A really good guy!!!


Miami was just a small town back then, and everybody knew each other. Never met him, but we all felt like we knew him. Those were nice days down here.
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458. CaicosRetiredSailor
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:50 (GMT)
TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 16.2N 81.7W AT 22/2100Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 270 DEGREES AT 4 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1005 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 50 KT.




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457. CyclonicVoyage
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:48 (GMT)
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:
Looking at the UAD from NOAA, it appears the 400mb level is rather dry with air temp -15c and dewpoint -62c


Consistent with the last dropsonde up at 15.1N
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456. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:46 (GMT)
Somebody stretched the blog!!
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455. CyclonicVoyage
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:44 (GMT)
Looking at the UAD from NOAA, it appears the 400mb level is rather dry with air temp -15c and dewpoint -62c
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454. capeflorida
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:44 (GMT)
Quoting weaverwxman:
Not related but I never missed his weather forecast he was a fixture in S.Fla whom I think everyone respected


Loved Bob Weaver, grew up watching him and later met him at a golf driving range. A really good guy!!!
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452. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:40 (GMT)
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 19
3:00 AM JST October 23 2010
=================================

SUBJECT: Tropical Depression Near Minami Torisima

At 18:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (1004 hPa) located at 22.0N 153.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving west at 6 knots
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451. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:39 (GMT)
Quoting weaverwxman:
Not related but I never missed his weather forecast he was a fixture in S.Fla whom I think everyone respected


I can remember him when I was a kid, and trust me, that was a looooong time ago. He did a good job tracking the hurricanes back then. Of course he used chalk and did his own models.
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450. kwgirl
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:37 (GMT)
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Quoting Grothar:


Yes, and with a long droopy nose.

No, actually those are cold cloud tops to which Patrap referred in an earlier post. It means very strong towers building inside.
Thanks. I realized after I posted and read Patrap's post that was probably what it was referring to. Well, I will be a wishcaster here and wish it anywhere but the Florida Keys. I was going to say Florida, but there are some areas that need the rain. I love looking at some of these charts and maps, but sometimes they make no sense to me. Sometimes they are so busy, I can't even make out the lines of the land behind them. Getting old is for the birds!
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449. tropicfreak
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:37 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:
Some High Towers in Warm SST's near the center.





Agreed, so folks on here who are saying that Richard looks bad, are judging a book by its cover.
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448. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:35 (GMT)
Quoting aspectre:
Got me, Grothar :-D "Don't know why... there's no sun up in the sky.." is remarkably appropriate for around here. Tryin for "forty days and forty nights"...
...of drizzle, so there ain't even the consolation of knowing The End Is Near!


Thought you'd get a kick out of that! If you can't laugh at least once a day, no sense getting up.
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447. CyclonicVoyage
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:34 (GMT)
NOAA is down in Richard right now.

Product: NOAA Temp Drop (Dropsonde) Message (UZNT13 KWBC)
Transmitted: 22nd day of the month at 20:25Z
Aircraft: Gulfstream IV-SP (G-IV) (Reg. Num. N49RF)
Mission: Non-Tasked Mission, possibly not tropical (flight in the North Atlantic basin)
Mission Identifier: Richard1
Mission: Non-Tasked Mission
Observation Number: 12

Part A...

Date: Near the closest hour of 20Z on the 22nd day of the month
Highest Mandatory Level For Which Wind Was Reported: 200mb
Coordinates: 15.1N 82.3W (View map)
Location: 297 miles (478 km) to the SSW (192°) from George Town, Cayman Islands (GBR).
Marsden Square: 045 (About)


1007mb (29.74 inHg) Sea Level (Surface) 27.6°C (81.7°F) 24.0°C (75.2°F) 335° (from the NNW) 18 knots (21 mph)
1000mb 59m (194 ft) 27.2°C (81.0°F) 23.6°C (74.5°F) 330° (from the NNW) 18 knots (21 mph)
925mb 745m (2,444 ft) 22.2°C (72.0°F) 20.0°C (68.0°F) 330° (from the NNW) 21 knots (24 mph)
850mb 1,479m (4,852 ft) 18.4°C (65.1°F) 17.0°C (62.6°F) 325° (from the NW) 17 knots (20 mph)
700mb 3,126m (10,256 ft) 10.6°C (51.1°F) 7.8°C (46.0°F) 320° (from the NW) 7 knots (8 mph)
500mb 5,850m (19,193 ft) -6.3°C (20.7°F) Approximately -14°C (7°F) 360° (from the N) 21 knots (24 mph)
400mb 7,560m (24,803 ft) -15.9°C (3.4°F) Approximately -25°C (-13°F) 325° (from the NW) 12 knots (14 mph)
300mb 9,670m (31,726 ft) -30.3°C (-22.5°F) Approximately -45°C (-49°F) 285° (from the WNW) 10 knots (12 mph)
250mb 10,940m (35,892 ft) -39.9°C (-39.8°F) Approximately -47°C (-53°F) 200° (from the SSW) 3 knots (3 mph)
200mb 12,420m (40,748 ft) -53.1°C (-63.6°F) Reading usually unavailable when air temperature is below -40°C (-40°F) 80° (from the E) 12 knots (14 mph)
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446. weaverwxman
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:32 (GMT)
Quoting Grothar:


Hey, there used to be a local weatherman in Miami for about 90 years who was called "Weaver the Weather Man" any relation?? Great guy, by the way!
Not related but I never missed his weather forecast he was a fixture in S.Fla whom I think everyone respected
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445. aspectre
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:30 (GMT)
Got me, Grothar :-D "Don't know why... there's no sun up in the sky.." is remarkably appropriate for around here. Tryin for "forty days and forty nights"...
...of drizzle, so there ain't even the consolation of knowing The End Is Near!
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443. stormpetrol
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:29 (GMT)
Recon on the way again!
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442. atmoaggie
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:29 (GMT)
Better domain for it:

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441. CyclonicVoyage
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:29 (GMT)
NOAA in the air

10/22 Richard1 NOAA N49RF UZNT13

Recon in the air

20:15:30Z 26.800N 88.500W 392.6 mb
(~ 11.59 inHg) 7,662 meters
(~ 25,138 feet)
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440. atmoaggie
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:28 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:
Some High Towers in Warm SST's near the center.



Yup.

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439. robert88
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:28 (GMT)
Recon will shed some light here shortly. I think the LLC is to the S of the convection and crawling very slowly due W.
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438. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:27 (GMT)
Quoting weaverwxman:
looks to be crying in that image.... poor lil richard


Hey, there used to be a local weatherman in Miami for about 90 years who was called "Weaver the Weather Man" any relation?? Great guy, by the way!
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437. Grothar
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:21 (GMT)
Quoting kwgirl:
Grothar, is that two eyes on Richard?


Yes, and with a long droopy nose.

No, actually those are cold cloud tops to which Patrap referred in an earlier post. It means very strong towers building inside.
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436. weaverwxman
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:21 (GMT)
Quoting Grothar:


I think they can see them better in this image!
(crack, bust, squash)

looks to be crying in that image.... poor lil richard
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435. Patrap
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:21 (GMT)


Courtesy: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

'Towers in the Tempest' is a narrated animation that explains recent scientific insights into how hurricanes intensify. This intensification can be caused by a phenomenon called a 'hot tower'. For the first time, research meteorologists have run complex simulations using a very fine temporal resolution of 3 minutes.

Combining this simulation data with satellite observations enables detailed study of 'hot towers'. The science of 'hot towers' is described using: observed hurricane data from a satellite, descriptive illustrations, and volumetric visualizations of simulation data.

The first section of the animation shows actual data from Hurricane Bonnie observed by NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft. Three dimensional precipitation radar data reveal a strong 'hot tower' in Hurricane Bonnie's internal structure. The second section uses illustrations to show the dynamics of a hurricane and the formation of 'hot towers'. 'Hot towers' are formed as air spirals inward towards the eye and is forced rapidly upwards, accelerating the movement of energy into high altitude clouds. The third section shows these processes using volumetric cloud, wind, and vorticity data from a supercomputer simulation of Hurricane Bonnie. Vertical wind speed data highlights a 'hot tower'. Arrows representing the wind field move rapidly up into the 'hot tower, boosting the energy and intensifying the hurricane. Combining satellite observations with super-computer simulations provides a powerful tool for studying Earth's complex systems.
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434. tropicfreak
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:20 (GMT)
Maybe we will see a Fay someday.

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432. Patrap
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:19 (GMT)
AL192010 - Tropical Storm RICHARD
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431. kwgirl
22. lokakuuta 2010 klo 20:19 (GMT)
Grothar, is that two eyes on Richard?
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