Satellites captured storm, raising the 17-meter waves in the Pacific Ocean
In the Pacific, raging storm, which in spite of its huge size, has its own name. It is visible from Earth orbit - shocking picture was captured not one, but two meteorological satellites from different countries. Such storms in the Pacific Ocean is not uncommon, however, this phenomenon is particularly impressed by the scientists, because its power is comparable to the force of Hurricane Florence, which in 2018 struck the US southeast coast and caused damage to more than 38 billion dollars.
The first satellite, depicting unnamed hurricane was Japanese Himawari-8. He surveys the storm from the western Pacific, while the US unit GOES-17, which monitors the Aleutian Islands of Alaska - the east. It is noteworthy that the second satellite saw element only when it is turned in the direction of North America. It is believed that the winter high power storms in the Pacific Ocean arise from the strong contrast of cold air in the Arctic and the warm air in the tropics. Monitor the satellite images on the web site of the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology RAMMB.
Information about hurricane power shared the National Weather Service, which continues to work in spite of a temporary reduction in the work of federal agencies. Thus, the minimum pressure of the storm was 937 millibars, which is characteristic of powerful hurricanes. For comparison, central Florence pressure was almost the same - 939 millibars. In the northern part of the Pacific Ocean wave height reaches 17 meters.
In order to prevent the destruction of so powerful hurricanes, scientists are trying to predict their occurrence in advance with the help of meteorological satellites. Unfortunately, they - rather cumbersome apparatus, and scientists have long time to deal with a decrease in their size. At the moment, NASA is doing within RainCube project. In September, we have been told plans space agency to reach that size satellites to monitor weather events do not exceed the size of a shoe box.
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