NASA sees Corentin reach hurricane strength

January 22, 2016 by Rob Gutro
When Aqua flew over Corentin on Jan. 22, 2016, at 08:35 UTC (3:35 a.m. EST), the MODIS instrument saw an eye forming. Bands of thunderstorms wrapped around the storm and into the center from the north and west. Credit: NASA/NRL

The Southern Indian Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Corentin achieved hurricane strength on Jan. 22 as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.

When Aqua flew over Corentin on January 22, 2016 at 08:35 UTC (3:35 a.m. EST), the Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument saw an eye forming. Bands of thunderstorms wrapped around the storm and into the from the north and west.

At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST) on Jan. 22, Corentin's maximum sustained winds increased to 65 knots (75 mph/120 kph). It was centered near 20.2 degrees south latitude and 71.6 degrees east longitude, about 758 nautical miles (872 miles/1,404 km) south of Diego Garcia. Corentin was moving to the south-southwest at 14 knots (16.1 mph/25.9 kph). Corentin is no threat to any land areas.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that animated multispectral satellite imagery showed strong bands of thunderstorms wrapping tightly into a low-level circulation center. Microwave imagery showed an eye developing. Strongest convection (rising air that forms the that make up a tropical cyclone) were over the western and northern quadrants of the storm.

Warm waters in the vicinity are expected to help Corentin strengthen. The JTWC said that the system will begin moving on a southeast trajectory as the ridge (elongated area of high pressure) moves eastward.

Explore further: NASA measures rainfall in newborn Tropical Cyclone Corentin

Related Stories

NASA Terra satellite spots new Tropical Cyclone 14S

February 24, 2015

A tropical low pressure area designated as System 90S formed in the Southern Indian Ocean on February 21, 2015 and has been slowly organizing and consolidating. Three days later System 90S became Tropical Storm 14S as NASA's ...

Recommended for you

Scientists solve mystery of unexplained 'bright nights'

June 21, 2017

Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of "bright nights," when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper ...

New research leverages big data to predict severe weather

June 21, 2017

Every year, severe weather endangers millions of people and causes billions of dollars in damage worldwide. But new research from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and AccuWeather has found ...

0 comments

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.