Hurricane Willa 2018

Start Date

October 20, 2018

Overview

NASA/NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa 

NASA/NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa 

Hurricane Willa emerged near the Mexican west coast on October 20, 2018 and rapidly strengthened into a category 5 storm. Although the wind speeds diminished somewhat, the storm made landfall as a category 3 storm approximately 15km from the town of Escuinapa in Sinaloa state. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated to be 120 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 965 millibars per the National Hurricane Center. Since landfall, the storm has moved inland, weakening to a tropical depression as of October 24. The remnants continue to move north east and rainfall has now reached the United States border in Texas.

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Latest Updates

October 26, 2018
Imagery of Hurricane Willa's Landfall
The European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) captured the moment of landfall of the eye of Hurricane Willa on October 24, 2018. The red areas to the north may represent very heavy precipitation ("pluvial" flooding). Brighter wind-driven waves surround the calmer, darker water below the eye. Part of the eye has come ashore. It is not yet known if this image...
October 26, 2018
AMSR-2 precipitation aquired 10/22/18.
AMSR-2 precipitation from Hurricane Willa acquired 10/22/18. On October 22, 2018 the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) instrument, onboard Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM)-W1 satellite, observed the surface precipitation rates of Hurricane Willa as it approached Mexico. This Land, Atmosphere Near-Real Time Capability for EOS (LANCE) NRT AMSR2 image shows high...
October 26, 2018
GFMS flood prediction maps
Hurricane Willa has brought life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall to portions of west-central and southwestern Mexico. A few powerful convective storms within Willa were dropping rain at a rate of over 6.3 inches per hour on October 21, 2018. The Global Flood Monitoring...
October 26, 2018
NASA/NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa 
NASA / NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa  Around midday on October 23, 2018, the center of Hurricane Willa passed the Islas Marías as it closed in on Mexico’s mainland. The Category 3 hurricane was expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, and a storm surge to west-central and southwestern Mexico. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16 (GOES-16) acquired data for this...