Maria appeared as a well-organized storm on infrared NASA satellite tv for pc imagery on July 9. Maria has fluctuated between storm and tremendous storm energy and was a storm when NASA’s Aqua satellite tv for pc handed overhead.
On July 7, Maria was at storm standing. On July 8, Maria regained tremendous storm standing because it continued monitoring over the open waters of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. On July 9, Maria weakened once more and was categorised as a storm.
NASA’s Aqua satellite tv for pc handed over Maria on July 9 at 2:29 a.m. EDT (0629 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared gentle. Infrared gentle supplies temperature information and that is necessary when attempting to grasp how robust storms could be. The upper the cloud tops, the colder and the stronger they’re.
AIRS discovered coldest cloud prime temperatures in a large and highly effective band of thunderstorms across the storm’s 30 nautical-mile-wide eye. These temperatures have been as chilly as minus 63 levels Fahrenheit (minus 53 levels Celsius). Storms with cloud prime temperatures that chilly have the potential to provide heavy rainfall.
On July 9 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), Maria’s most sustained winds have been close to 143.Eight mph (125 knots/231.5 kph). Maria was centered close to 23.2 levels north latitude and 129.5 levels east longitude, about 255 nautical miles south-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Maria was shifting to the west-northwest at 17.2 mph (15 knots/27.7 kph).
The Joint Storm Warning Heart forecast predicts Maria will preserve storm standing and proceed shifting on a west-northwesterly observe over the subsequent a number of days. Maria is forecast to move between the Japan islands of Okinawa and Ishigaki Island, then simply north of Taiwan and make landfall in southeastern China on July 11.
By Rob Gutro
NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Heart
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