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Area of Convection Flares Up

January 26th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Area of convection in Indian Ocean - January 26th, 2009

Area of convection in Indian Ocean - January 26th, 2009

Area of convection - enhanced image

Area of convection - enhanced image

An area of convection is located approximately 335 nautical miles west-northwest of Cocos Island.

Recent animated water vapor imagery shows convection around the low level circulation center has flared up over the past six hours.

Although diffluence aloft remains good, strong vertical wind shear will hamper any significant development.

Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 15 to 20 knots and minimum sea level pressure at 1005mb.

The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours remains poor.

source JTWC

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