Passive Microwave Views of Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Katia
Below are 89 GHz RGBs (composited) of the three hurricanes affecting the Atlantic basin this morning. Notice a decent eye structure is observable in all of the storms, including Hurricane Katia in the SW Gulf of Mexico. This was noted in the 4 AM CDT discussion about the hurricane from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), “Enhanced BD-curve infrared imagery and a GPM microwave composite image indicate improved banding over the western portion of the circulation and the earlier ragged eye presentation has become much more distinct.” SPoRT helped with the implementation of the passive microwave data into the AWIPS platform at the NHC several years ago, which has aided forecasters there with the diagnosis and analysis of these systems.
For the latest, best up-to-date information regarding the hurricanes, please refer to the NHC website.