GOES-16 Watches Strengthening Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf





NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Tropical Storm Harvey (now a hurricane) — shown here in this 1-minute visible imagery captured by GOES-16 earlier today — is strengthening quickly and is forecast to become a major hurricane when it approaches the middle Texas coast.

Harvey is located about 365 miles south-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and moving toward the north-northwest near 10 miles per hour. Forecasters expect the storm to approach the middle Texas coast on Friday (8/25), make landfall Friday night or early Saturday, and then stall near the middle Texas coast through the weekend. Harvey has maximum sustained winds near 65 mph with higher gusts and rapid strengthening is forecast. The storm is expected to become a major hurricane before it reaches the middle Texas coast.

Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 12 to 20 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through next Wednesday. According to the NHC, life-threatening storm surge and freshwater flooding is expected.

This animation was created with the Advanced Baseline Imager’s (ABI) Band 2, or red-visible band, and shows how the increased resolution offered by ABI is providing meteorologists with a more detailed look at the behavior of clouds during storms. As a case in point, note the rough texture of the cloud tops visible in this loop. Rough cloud tops are indicative of strong vertical updrafts and are a characteristic of intense storm activity. The reference to “1-minute” in its name refers to the frequency with which GOES-16’s Advanced Baseline Imager captured an image of the storms.

For the latest information about the storm, including information regarding rainfall and storm surge, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

For information on how to prepare for a hurricane, go to goo.gl/BR5w6.

Please note: GOES-16 data are currently experimental and under-going testing and hence should not be used operationally.

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Originally posted 2017-09-14 03:59:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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