Satellite images of Cyclone Phailin as it approaches India & Bangladesh. Fingers crossed for everyone in the region. The false-color images on the bottom are from TRMM, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite. (via @RyanMaue)
Elektro-L No.1: Africa, Middle East, & Indian Ocean, August 10th 2013.
Image credit: NTs OMZ / Roscosmos
Martian weather between 15 July 2013 and 21 July 2013:
The MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. Please click and play the Quicktime movie (.mov file) to see how the weather on Mars changed during this time.
One regional dust storm developed in the northern hemisphere along the Acidalia storm-track. The storm began in the Tempe-Acidalia region along the edge of the seasonal north polar cap and propagated southward into Acidalia-Chryse into northern reaches of Xanthe, with a narrow eastern arm extending over western Arabia. The storm spared the Opportunity rover site by staying north of the equator. At the same time in the southern hemisphere, a series of storms initiated in southern Sirenum, passed to the south and over Argyre, and eventually extended in an west-east band across Noachis at southern mid-latitudes. By the end of the week, the storms had dissipated, leaving behind a residual dust haze. Elsewhere, local storm activity occurred in Utopia, Amazonis, and over the Phlegra Montes. Diffuse water ice clouds were present across most latitudes, with concentrations in the equatorial regions, Tyrrhena, and over Tharsis and Alba Patera. Meanwhile, afternoon skies remained relatively clear and storm-free over the Opportunity rover site at Meridiani and the Curiosity rover site in Gale.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
Aqua: Hurricane Dalila (04E) off Mexico, 7/2/2013 (posted 7/13/2013)
On July 2, 2013 the tropical storm that had been hugging the coast of Mexico turned towards open ocean and strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 20:55 UTC (4:55 p.m. EDT) on that same day, while the storm hovered over the eastern Pacific Ocean west of the Mexican state of Jalisco.Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
At the time the image was captured, Hurricane Dalila had a cloud-filled, ragged central eye and bands of thunderstorms in the northern and southern quadrants. Just five minutes later, at 21:00 UTC (5:00 p.m. EDT), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Dalila had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was located about 165 mi (260 km) west southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.
After dumping considerable rain along Mexico’s coast, the slow-moving storm continued to move westward out to sea and began to weaken due to easterly wind shear and movement into drier air. By the afternoon of July 3, the NHC downgraded Dalila to a tropical storm. By the afternoon of July 7, Dalila became a post-tropical cyclone and the NHC ceased to issue advisories on the storm.
The storm was a rain-maker for Mexico, and caused flooding in many regions. However, no major damage was reported.
The shiny new MetOp-B weather satellite’s first image from its Advanced Scatterometer instrument, taken 9/25/2012.
NOAA-19: Current RGB composite image of polar clouds around Antarctica. 9/20/2012.
Typhoon Sanba exploded in intensity between its formation on September 10 and September 13, when it became the most powerful cyclone in 2012. On September 13, Sanba became a Category 5 Super Typhoon, with winds of 175 mph, and sustained those winds for an 18-hour period ending at 12:00 UTC on September 14. Sanba is not only the strongest storm of 2012 to date, but it is the strongest typhoon in the Western Pacific Ocean since Super Typhoon Megi carried maximum sustained winds of 180 mph in October, 2010.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 4:50 UTC (12:50 a.m. EDT) on September 13, 2012. In this image Typhoon Sanba has a large eye which is surrounded by a thick area of strong convection (rising air) and strong thunderstorms. Earlier in the day the eye had been measured at 20 nautical miles (23 mi or 37 km) wide. Clouds from the typhoon extend over part of the Philippines in the southwest of the image.
After brushing the Philippines, Sanba made landfall in northeastern Okinawa, Japan in the early morning hours of September 16, then turned towards South Korea, where it made landfall on September 17. At 0900 UTC (5:00 a.m. EDT) on September 17, Sanbal’s maximum sustained winds were near 52 mph (83 km/h). The storm had weakened considerably since peak strength, but nonetheless brought howling winds and heavy rainfall, causing downed trees, flooding, and power outages. According to the Associated Press, Sanba caused about 67,000 homes to lose power in southern Japan, and over 26,000 outages in South Korea. At least one death was reported.