Erin weakens to a tropical depression over eastern Atlantic

Aug 17, 2013
NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Depression Erin on Aug. 16 at 1445 UTC/10:45 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA GOES Project

Tropical Storm Erin ran into cooler waters and dry, stable air over the Eastern Atlantic that sapped its strength and weakening the storm to depression status. NOAA's GOES-East satellite showed the storm waning today.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured a of Tropical Depression Erin on Aug. 16 at 1445 UTC/10:45 a.m. EDT. The image was created by NASA's GOES Project at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and showed that the storm still had good circulation, but the clouds and showers had diminished. The National Hurricane Center noted that Erin's structure consists of a low-level cloud swirl with a couple of small areas of convection south and east of the center.

At 11 a.m. EDT/1500 UTC, Erin's dropped to near 35 mph/55 kph. NOAA's National Hurricane Center expects little change in strength over the next couple of days. The center of Tropical Depression Erin was located near latitude 16.9 north and longitude 32.1 west, about 540 miles/870 km west of the Cape Verde Islands. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 millibars. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph/28 kph. Erin is expected to continue in that general direction and slow down in a couple of days while maintaining strength.

Explore further: Quakes destroy or damage 83 houses in Philippines

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NASA sees newborn eastern Atlantic tropical depression

Jul 24, 2013

The fourth tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season was born west of the Cape Verde Islands in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on July 24. NOAA's GOES-13 satellite provides continuous views of ...

NASA data showed Tropical Storm Erin forming

Aug 15, 2013

Infrared data from NASA's Aqua satellite showed strong thunderstorms had developed in the eastern Atlantic low pressure system that grew into Tropical Storm Erin. NASA's TRMM satellite noticed a "hot tower" ...

NASA sees Hurricane Gil being chased by developing storm

Aug 02, 2013

On July 31, NASA's TRMM satellite saw Tropical Storm Gil intensifying and the storm became a hurricane. NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-15 satellite captured views of Gil on Aug. 1 as it was being chased ...

NASA paints a panorama of Pacific tropical cyclones

Aug 09, 2013

The Central and Eastern Pacific Oceans continue to be active on Aug. 9, as Hurricane Henriette weakens and two other low pressure systems continue developing. All three systems were captured on the one panoramic ...

Recommended for you

Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific

6 hours ago

A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse ...

NASA image: Wildfires in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

7 hours ago

Most of the fires captured in this image burn in Khabarovsk Krai, a territory occupying the coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk. Dozens of red hotspots, accompanied by plumes of smoke mark active fires. The smoke, ...

NASA sees Tropical Depression Polo winding down

10 hours ago

Infrared satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed only a swirl of low-level clouds some deep clouds around Polo's weakening center on Sept. 22 as the storm weakened to a depression.

User comments : 0