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Area of Convection by Madagascar Now Has High Probability of Becoming Tropical Cyclone

21.2S 38.6E

February 18th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of convection – February 17th, 2013

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Track of Area of Convection - February 18th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 15S

The area of convection previously located near 19.7S 39.9E (click here for previous images), is now located near 19.4S 40.0E, approximately 395 nm west of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Here, the coastline of Madagascar can be seen through the convection  thanks to the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature.

Animated infrared satellite imagery shows formative bands that are consolidating and wrapping tighter into a broad low level circulation center (LLCC) from the northern and eastern peripheries.

Upper level analysis indicates the system is just south of a ridge axis that is enhancing outflow especially along the eastern flank; however, moderate (20 knot) vertical wind shear is displacing the main convection from the LLCC.

SSTs remain favorable for development at 29 to 30 degrees Celsius. Numerical models indicate development is likely over the next 24-36 hours, albeit with varying trajectories. Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 25 to 30 knots. Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1000 mb. Due to the improved overall structure of the system and the sustained favorable environmental conditions, the potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to high.

Area of Convection by Madagascar Upgraded to Medium Chance for Tropical Cyclone Formation

20.1S 39.3E

February 17th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of convection – February 16th, 2013

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The area of convection previously located near 16.5S 37.7E, is now located near 16.4S 38.4E, approximately 510 nm north- northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar (click here for previous images). Here, the country’s coastline can be seen through the convection  thanks to the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature.

The area of convection previously located near 16.5S 37.7E, is now located near 16.4S 38.4E, approximately 510 nm north- northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Animated infrared (IR) satellite imagery reveals formative banding wrapping into a low level circulation center (LLCC) that is located over Mozambique. The LLCC is tracking eastward, heading toward the open water of the Mozambique Channel. The IR and total precipitable water loops suggest that tight turning over the channel may be consolidating and forming a new LLCC.

Upper level analysis indicates a point source has developed over the system, providing good outflow. Vertical wind shear (VWS) is moderate (20 knots). Sea surface temperatures remain favorable for development at 29 to 30 degrees Celsius. Numerical models indicate development is likely over the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 20 to 25 knots. Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1003 mb. Due to improved banding and favorable conditions over the Mozambique Channel, the potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to medium.

Area of Convection Off Coast of Madagascar

22.8S 37.9E

February 16th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of convection – February 15th, 2013

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An area of convection is located near 21.2S 39.8E, approximately 425 nm west- southwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Here, the coast of Madagascar can be seen through the convection  thanks to the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which overlays countries’ boundaries on satellite images.

The system is located just poleward of the subtropical ridge (STR) axis and is under weak to moderate (10 to 20 knots) westerly vertical wind shear (VWS). Sea surface temperatures are favorable at 29 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Animated multispectral satellite imagery depicts a well-defined lowlevel circulation center (LLCC) with formative convective banding over the eastern semi- circle. An SSMIS 37ghz microwave image shows fragmented shallow convection to the north of the LLCC.

Dynamic models indicate steady development over the next 2 to 3 days as the system tracks equatorward further under the STR with decreasing VWS. Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 20 to 25 knots. Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1003 mb. The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours remains low.

Borders Feature Revealing Lakes Near Turkey

40.3N 45.3E

February 10th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Iran, Turkey, Armenia – January 27th, 2013

This cloud-covered image highlights the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which overlays countries’ boundaries on satellite images. Here, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Azerbaijan can be observed counterclockwise from the bottom right, with Armenia in the center. While Lake Van, in Turkey, is partially visible through the clouds, the borders feature shows the location of other lakes that would be hidden: Lake Urmia (bottom), in Iran, Lake Sevan (center), in Armenia, and the Mingachevir Reservoir (upper right), in Azerbaijan.

Lakes and Borders of Iraq – February 5th, 2013

32.7N 43.6E

February 5th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Iraq – January 27th, 2013

Although a large portion of the Middle East is cloud covered, the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature allows the borders between Iraq (center), Iran (right) and Kuwait (bottom left) to be clearly visible. This features also allows three lakes’ locations in Iraq to be observed despite the clouds: Lake Tharthar, Lake Habbaniyah and Lake Milh (top to bottom).

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