NASA's Terra Satellite shows strength around Tropical Storm Nicole's center

October 11, 2016

Strong thunderstorms were evident around Tropical Storm Nicole's center of circulation in imagery from NASA's Terra satellite. Bermuda is now under a watch and a warning as Nicole is forecast to head that way in the next couple of days.

On Oct. 10 at 10:55 a.m. EDT when Terra passed over the Atlantic Ocean, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument provided a visible picture of the storm. The image showed a concentration of powerful thunderstorms circling Nicole's center that appeared a brighter white than those storms surrounding the center. There was also a powerful band of thunderstorms northeast of the center, indicating that wind shear was still affecting the storm.

Twenty-four hours later, that vertical wind shear finally weakened, which is expected to enable Nicole to strengthen to hurricane force as it heads toward Bermuda.

On Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) the National Hurricane Center (NHC) discussion noted: "Nicole's cloud pattern has improved this morning, with several bands of convection wrapping around the center. Recent microwave imagery has revealed a well-defined low-level eye feature and there are hints of a ragged banding eye forming in last few visible satellite pictures."

On Tuesday, Oct. 11 a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for Bermuda.

At that time, Nicole's center was near 27.3 degrees north latitude and 65.9 degrees west longitude. That's about 350 miles (565 km) south of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center said Nicole was moving toward the north-northwest near 5 mph (7 kph) and a turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed is expected tonight, followed by a northeast turn on Wednesday, Oct. 12. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole is expected to approach Bermuda Wednesday night and pass near Bermuda Thursday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 kph) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane late in the day on Oct. 11.

For forecast updates, visit:

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Related Wind Shear Articles from Brightsurf:

NASA imagery reveals Tropical Storm Gamma battered by wind shear
NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Tropical Storm Gamma being battered by outside winds in the south central Gulf of Mexico.

NASA finds wind shear displacing Lowell's strongest storms
NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared view of Tropical Storm Lowell that revealed the effects of outside winds battering the storm.

NASA finds Dolphin swimming against wind shear
NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of a slightly elongated Tropical Storm Dolphin as it battled wind shear upon its approach to east central Japan.

NASA finds wind shear not letting up on Tropical Storm Vicky
NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Tropical Storm Vicky as it continued moving through the eastern North Atlantic Ocean fighting strong wind shear.

NASA finds Tropical Storm Rene less affected by wind shear
NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Tropical Storm Rene is it continued moving north though the central North Atlantic Ocean.

NASA's Aqua Satellite finds wind shear not letting up on Omar  
Tropical Depression Omar is one stubborn storm. Since it developed early in the week, it was being affected by wind shear.

NASA's Terra Satellite provides clear picture of wind shear battering Omar
NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image that showed Tropical Storm Omar had weakened to a depression as it continued to be battered by strong upper level winds.

NASA sees wind shear still battering tropical storm Iselle
NASA infrared imagery shows wind shear continued to batter Tropical Storm Iselle in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for the second day.

NASA finds new Tropical Storm Iselle already battling wind shear
NASA infrared imagery shows that newly formed Tropical Storm Iselle is already battling for its life under wind shear.

NASA finds wind shear affecting Tropical Storm Josephine
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Josephine east of the Lesser Antilles island chain.

Read More: Wind Shear News and Wind Shear Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to