Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marie Now A Category 5 Hurricane

The NHC has upgraded Marie to a Cat.5 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 160 mph. Visible image of the storm at 21 UTC is above, while IR image from same time is below.

Northward surge of low-level moisture associated with Marie continues up the GoC this afternoon - blended PW analysis from CIRA at Colorado State is above for 20 UTC. Values of 2 inches or more (red and purple shades) have now reached about 2/3rds of the way up the GoC. The time-series of GPS derived PW from on the sensor on campus is shown below from ERSL. Values have been increasing slowly during the day today.

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