Nav: Home

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ula weakening

January 06, 2016

Tropical Cyclone Ula continued to move west, passing south of Fiji when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an image of the weakening storm.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ula on Jan. 5, 2015 as it continued to move west, past Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean. The image showed bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the low-level center from the northeast and around the southern quadrant of the storm.

Infrared satellite imagery on Jan. 6 revealed that the thunderstorm development has "shrunk and become more shallow," according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. In the low levels of the atmosphere, dry air from the southwest of the storm is wrapping into the core and sapping evaporation and thunderstorm development.

At 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST) on Jan. 6, Tropical Cyclone Ula's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 knots (40 mph/62 kph) making it a minimal tropical storm. Ula was centered near 20.3 degrees south latitude and 176.3 east longitude, about 178 nautical miles (204 miles/329.7 km) south-southwest of Suva, Fiji. It was moving to the northwest at 5 knots (5.7 mph/9.2 kph).

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast calls for Ula to move northwest and continue to weaken. The system is expected to dissipate soon, but could regenerate.
-end-


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Related Captured Articles:

NASA's solar dynamics observatory captured trio of solar flares April 2-3
The sun emitted a trio of mid-level solar flares on April 2-3, 2017.
First steps in human DNA replication dance captured at atomic resolution
A team has published pictures at very high atomic resolution of the multi-part protein complex that performs the very first step in the incredibly complex genome-replication dance that occurs when one cell becomes two.
NASA sees another quick Tropical Cyclone demise in South Pacific
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the end of Tropical Cyclone 8P as it was being sheared apart by strong vertical wind shear.
Captured on video: DNA nanotubes build a bridge between 2 molecular posts
Researchers have coaxed DNA nanotubes to assemble themselves into bridge-like structures arched between two molecular landmarks on the surface of a lab dish.
Underwater volcano's eruption captured in exquisite detail by seafloor observatory
Seismic data from the 2015 eruption of Axial Volcano, an underwater volcano about 300 miles off the Oregon coast, has provided the clearest look at the inner workings of a volcano where two ocean plates are moving apart.
More Captured News and Captured Current Events

Best Science Podcasts 2019

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2019. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Teaching For Better Humans
More than test scores or good grades — what do kids need to prepare them for the future? This hour, guest host Manoush Zomorodi and TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, in and out of the classroom. Guests include educators Olympia Della Flora and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#535 Superior
Apologies for the delay getting this week's episode out! A technical glitch slowed us down, but all is once again well. This week, we look at the often troubling intertwining of science and race: its long history, its ability to persist even during periods of disrepute, and the current forms it takes as it resurfaces, leveraging the internet and nationalism to buoy itself. We speak with Angela Saini, independent journalist and author of the new book "Superior: The Return of Race Science", about where race science went and how it's coming back.