Hurricane Fred fades with a satellite exclamation point

Sep 14, 2009
NASA's Aqua satellite flew over Fred's remnants on September 13 at 1:35 p.m. EDT and the AIRS instrument captured this visible image that appears to resemble a tilted exclamation point. Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the remnants of Fred, September 13 and captured an infrared and visible image of the storm's clouds from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument. Both AIRS images showed Fred's clouds stretched from northeast to southwest and resembled a tilted exclamation mark.

During the morning hours of Monday, September 14, the remnants of Fred were located about 900 miles west of the northernmost Cape Verde islands. Associated shower and activity remains limited...and upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for re-development.

On Saturday, September 12, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) declared that Fred was indeed "dead" as a tropical cyclone. At 5 p.m. EDT that day the NHC discussion said "There has been no central convection associated with Fred since about 0000 UTC (8 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 11) and Fred is no longer classifiable using the Dvorak technique. The lack of deep convection also means that Fred is no longer a tropical cyclone and is now declared a remnant low pressure area." The NHC used data from NASA's QuikScat instrument (on the SeaWinds satellite) to determine that Fred's circulation had weakened to that point.

As of this morning, Monday, September 14, the NHC said that Fred's remnants may continue to produce intermittent shower and thunderstorm activity as it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the next couple of days. The Hurricane Center said that there's a small chance it may re-organize into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours… but it's just that: a small chance.

Source: /Goddard Space Flight Center

Explore further: Magnitude-4.2 quake shakes central California; no damage

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Image: Aral Sea from orbit

38 minutes ago

This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.

IceBridge overflies Norwegian camp on drifting sea ice

3 hours ago

Studying sea ice in the Fram Strait, a passage between Greenland and Svalbard that is the main gateway for Arctic sea ice into the open ocean, is not easy. In this area, not only does ice flow southward quickly ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.