Nav: Home

GPM satellite finds sheared Hurricane Jose has very tall storms

September 14, 2017

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed Hurricane Jose and found some very tall, powerful thunderstorms within, despite still being battered by wind shear as it moves between Bermuda and the Bahamas.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10:35 a.m. AST/EDT (1435 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite traveled above persistent hurricane Jose as it was meandering in the Atlantic Ocean. GPM found that even though Jose was affected by strong northwesterly shear, it contained very powerful convective storms. GPM's Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) found extremely intense downpours within these storms where rain was measured by DPR falling at a rate of over 8.9 inches (227 mm) per hour.

At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) was used to create a 3-D cross-section of the precipitation within hurricane Jose. This 3-D examination by DPR showed that some of the powerful convective storms within Jose had tops that were reaching altitudes greater than 10.85 miles (175 km). GPM is a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA.

NASA's Aqua Satellite View

On Sept. 14 at 1:50 p.m. EDT (17:50 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Jose that continued to show the storm was being affected by vertical wind shear as the storm appeared somewhat elongated from northwest to southeast.

Hurricane Jose's Location on Sept. 14

At 5 a.m. AST/EDT (0900 UTC) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, the National Hurricane Center said the center of Hurricane Jose was located near 25.1 degrees north latitude and 66.5 degrees west longitude. That's about 445 miles (715 km) east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and 510 miles (815 km) south-southwest of Bermuda. The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 millibars.

Jose was moving toward the west near 3 mph (6 kph). The National Hurricane Center said a turn toward the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected later today, Sept. 14. Maximum sustained winds were near 75 mph (120 kph) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the several days, but Jose could weaken to a Tropical Storm by Friday.

Jose Generating Dangerous Ocean Conditions Along the U.S.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) cautioned that "swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the Southeast coast of the United States, and will spread northward along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

The NHC predicts that Jose will remain far from land over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Track models show a looping motion during the next couple day and that is followed by a turn toward the North Atlantic.

For updated forecasts on Jose, visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
-end-


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Related Precipitation Articles:

NASA observes Tropical Storm Dora dissipating rapidly
Two days of satellite imagery from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite showed that Dora, formerly a hurricane, went from generating moderate rainfall to barely any rainfall.
Forecasting strong precipitation -- the potential of potential deformation
A new parameter, called potential deformation (PD), is used in a simulated mesoscale convective system (MCS) to examine its performance in precipitation diagnosis.
Dartmouth-led study finds heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996
Over the past century, the Northeast has experienced an increase in the number of storms with extreme precipitation.
NASA sees powerful storms with advancing monsoon in Bay of Bengal
Storms associated with the advancing monsoon in the Northern Indian Ocean's Bay of Bengal were analyzed by NASA with the GPM or Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite.
Understanding changes in extreme precipitation
An ETH study explores why the increase in extreme precipitation is not the same across every region.
Lake water recharged by atmospheric precipitation in the Badain Jaran Desert
The water sources for the many of the lakes in the Badain Jaran Desert have been the focus of controversy in recent years.
Microphysical differences in precipitation between Tibet and southern China
Studies of raindrop size distribution (DSD) over different regions helps to advance our understanding of DSD characteristics and provide observational facts regarding the development and evaluation of microphysical parameterization schemes in numerical models over different regions in the future.
NASA sees vertical wind shear affecting Tropical Storm Muifa
Vertical wind shear can weaken a tropical cyclone and that's what's happening to the now weaker Tropical Depression Muifa in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.
University of Montana researcher: Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics
New research by the University of Montana and its partner institutions gives insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change.
Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System precipitation products prove to be reliable
The Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) is a key tool--specifically, for studying precipitation over the region.

Related Precipitation Reading:

Precipitation (Weather Update)
by Terri Sievert (Author)

Provides an introduction to the different forms of precipitation including rain, snow, sleet, hail, and freezing rain, and explains how rain and snow are measured. View Details


What Is Precipitation? (Weather Close-Up)
by Robin Johnson (Author)

Introduces the different forms of precipitation, including rain, snow, and hail, and describes the water cycle and why it is important for the environment. View Details


Physics and Dynamics of Clouds and Precipitation
by Pao K. Wang (Author)

This key new textbook provides a state-of-the-art view of the physics of cloud and precipitation formation, covering the most important topics in the field: the microphysics, thermodynamics and cloud-scale dynamics. Highlights include: the condensation process explained with new insights from chemical physics studies; the impact of the particle curvature (the Kelvin equation) and solute effect (the Köhler equation); homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation from recent molecular dynamic simulations; and the hydrodynamics of falling hydrometeors and their impact on collision growth. 3D... View Details


Precipitation (Focus on Water Science)
by Frances Purslow (Author)

In this series, readers are introduced to the science behind Earths water. A combination of vibrant photography and interesting text encourage readers to learn more about water science. View Details


Microphysics of Clouds and Precipitation (Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library)
by H.R. Pruppacher (Author), J.D. Klett (Author)

Cloud physics has achieved such a voluminous literature over the past few decades that a significant quantitative study of the entire field would prove unwieldy. This book concentrates on one major aspect: cloud microphysics, which involves the processes that lead to the formation of individual cloud and precipitation particles. Common practice has shown that one may distinguish among the following addi­ tional major aspects: cloud dynamics, which is concerned with the physics respon­ sible for the macroscopic features of clouds; cloud electricity, which deals with the electrical structure... View Details


Pride and Precipitation (Chick Flick Clique Romantic Comedy #1)
by Word Garden Press



PG-RATED FUN that's been professionally edited.
Pride and Precipitation is #1 of the Chick Flick Clique romantic comedy series and Book #2 is Regally Blonde.

Written by USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Horrocks.

PRIDE AND PRECIPITATION (Chick Flick Clique #1)

Breezy Jones is crazy about the weather, rain or shine, which makes her job as the local television station’s meteorologist perfect. She’s even hoping the new buyers of her Aspen Grove station will make some positive changes.

That’s before she meets the... View Details


Evaporation, Transpiration and Precipitation | Water Cycle for Kids | Children's Water Books
by Baby Professor (Author)

Help your child to better understand the water cycle through illustrations. This picture book for kids is a wonderful resource tool because it appeals to the imagination. Learning about the water cycle is an important fact that builds your child’s conscious conservation efforts. Water is an important resource. Encourage your child to find out why. Read this book today! View Details


Precipitation (Blastoff! Readers: Understanding Weathers) (Understanding Weather: Blastoff Readers, Level 2)
by Kristin Schuetz (Author)

When you think of precipitation, rain may come to mind. Did you know that precipitation could be a solid, too? Whether rain, sleet, hail, or snow, all precipitate from the sky! Learn the facts about what falls from the clouds in this beginner book. View Details


Measuring Precipitation from Space: EURAINSAT and the Future (Advances in Global Change Research)
by V. Levizzani (Author), P. Bauer (Author), F. Joseph Turk (Author)

No other book can offer such a powerful tool to understand the basics of remote sensing for precipitation, to make use of existing products and to have a glimpse of the near future missions and instruments. This book features state-of-the-art rainfall estimation algorithms, validation strategies, and precipitation modeling. More than 20 years after the last book on the subject the worldwide precipitation community has produced a comprehensive overview of its activities, achievements, ongoing research and future plans.

View Details


The Law of Precipitation: How to Successfully Meet Life's Daily Needs
by Werner Schroeder (Author)

This book provides the reader with a thoroughly-researched treatise and an indispensable guide of the theory and practical use of precipitation. What do we mean by precipitation? By precipitation we mean manifestation of some of our wishes and desires, such as good health, supply and companionship. The writing of this book arose out of the desire to provide a practical guide, that would enable the reader to master the subject of precipitation and to precipitate his daily needs, in conformance with his divine plan. The main body of the text on the theory of precipitation is based on... View Details

Best Science Podcasts 2018

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2018. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Peering Deeper Into Space
The past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. This hour, TED speakers explore the implications of these advances — and the lingering mysteries of the cosmos. Guests include theoretical physicist Allan Adams, planetary scientist Sara Seager, and astrophysicists Natasha Hurley-Walker and Jedidah Isler.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#461 Adhesives
This week we're discussing glue from two very different times. We speak with Dr. Jianyu Li about his research into a new type of medical adhesive. And Dr. Geeske Langejans explains her work making and investigating Stone Age and Paleolithic glues.