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Satellite analysis of Super Typhoon Soudelor moving toward Taiwan

From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER Heavy rain, towering thunderstorms, and a large area are things that NASA satellites observed as Typhoon Soudelor moves toward Taiwan on August 5, 2015. A 3D video analysis follows. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Soudelor on August 5, 2015 at 01:45 UTC and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument…

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New study asks: More tropical cyclones in a cooler climate?

With historical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season just weeks away, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is preparing its updated outlook for the remainder of the season to be released today at 11 AM.To-date, three named storms have formed in the Atlantic basin: Ana, Bill, and Claudette. The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and continues…

On Aug. 4, 2015, at 4:10 UTC (12:10 a.m. EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible-light image of Super typhoon Soudelor.
CREDIT Credits: NASA Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team

Super typhoon Soudelor reaches Cat5

NASA’s Aqua satellite and RapidScat instrument analyzed Super typhoon Soudelor’s extent and winds as it reached Category Five typhoon status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. RapidScat is a NASA instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station. RapidScat gathered surface wind speed and direction data on Soudelor on Aug. 3 at 1900 UTC (3 p.m.…

The figure depicts the upper ocean warming (in red color) observed over the warm rings during the intensification of Isaac. CREDIT Benjamin Jaimes

Models need to include ocean upwelling-downwelling responses to improve hurricane forecasts

From the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE Study offers new insights on hurricane intensity, pollution transport Researchers study currents that fuel hurricanes and transport pollutants to coastal beaches MIAMI – As tropical storm Isaac was gaining momentum toward the Mississippi River in August 2012, University of Miami (UM) researchers were…

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Is NASA praying for a major U.S. Hurricane?

From NASA Goddard, video follows. It seems that when you don’t delve into the meteorological factors, “luck” seems to be the only explanation. In discussing this paper with hurricane expert Dr. Ryan Maue he tells me: …only looking at last 30-years is too short of time period to extrapolate anything about previous or next 30-years…