Baja watching Tropical Storm Patricia in the latest GOES-11 satellite movie

Oct 13, 2009

The nineteenth tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific formed over this past weekend, and strengthened into Tropical Storm Patricia. The GOES-11 satellite captured Patricia from her "birth" several hundred miles south of Baja California, to her track there today, Tuesday, October 13.

The National Hurricane Center has posted a warning for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from Buenavista to Agua Blanca, including Cabo San Lucas. A tropical storm warning means that Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area, generally within 24 hours.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.
This movie was created using satellite imagery from Oct. 9-13 from GOES-11. It shows Tropical Storm Patricia forming some 400 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California and tracking north. The movie ends on Oct. 13 at 1500 UTC (9 a.m. PDT) when Patricia's clouds have overspread the southern tip of the Baja. Credit: NASA GOES Project

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Baja California peninsula along the east coast from north of Buenavista to La Paz And along the west coast from north of Agua Blanca to Santa Fe. A Tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area...generally within 36 hours.

Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches across the extreme southern portion of Baja California.

On October 13 at 11 a.m. PDT, Patricia had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gusts and could strengthen a little. Patricia was 120 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California, near 21.4 North and 109.0 West. She's moving north-northeast near 7 mph, but is expected to turn away from the Baja toward the northwest later today or tonight. Estimated minimum central pressure is 997 millibars.

As Patricia was approaching the southern tip of Baja California, the (GOES-11) has been watching her. GOES-12 is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the NASA's GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. created a movie of Patricia's approach to the Baja over the past weekend.

This movie was created using from Oct. 9-13 from GOES-11. It shows Tropical Storm Patricia forming some 400 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California and tracking north. The movie ends on October 13 at 1500 UTC (9 a.m. PDT) when Patricia's clouds have overspread the southern tip of the Baja.

Patricia looks somewhat disorganized this morning and the overall circulation also appears to be elongated from north to south.

The National Hurricane Center noted that Patricia is currently in a light vertical wind shear environment over warm water...so there remains the possibility of strengthening. The new track brings the center closer to Southern Baja California with the closest approach between 8 p.m. PDT tonight and 8 a.m. PDT Wednesday morning.

Source: JPL/NASA (news : web)

Explore further: NASA sees Typhoon Matmo making second landfall in China

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Fires in the Northern Territories July 2014

10 hours ago

Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires. In the image taken by the Aqua satellite, the smoke ...

How much magma is hiding beneath our feet?

11 hours ago

Molten rock (or magma) has a strong influence on our planet and its inhabitants, causing destructive volcanic eruptions and generating some of the giant mineral deposits. Our understanding of these phenomena ...

Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

14 hours ago

The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.

User comments : 0