NASA Tier 1 Response to Hurricane Patricia

October 22, 2015

NASA Tier 1 Response to Hurricane Patricia

Terra MODIS image of Hurricane Patricia as seen from NASA's Aqua satellite on Friday, October 23, 2015. At the time, Patricia was a Category 5 storm with 200 mph winds. 

Tier 1 Response determination by Disaster PM 12:15 ET

Coordination Team Activated (MSFC, GSFC, JPL, LaRC, AMES) as well as representatives from R&A, IIA, ASP, CEOS and GEO

  • Hurricane Status  at 1500 UTC on 23 October
    • Hurricane center located near 17.6N 105.5W 
    • Movement is toward the North at 9Kt/10.5 mph
    • Maximum sustained winds 175 kts / 201 mph with Gusts up to 215 kts / 247 mph
    • Estimated minimum central pressure is 880 mb
    • Eye diameter is 5 nm
  • International Charter not yet activated
  • NASA Coordination Team Response Planning Call 4:30 PM ET
    • Activation criteria reviewed and decision for Tier 1 to Oct. 26 
    • Data and observations needs/sources (time and dates) identified; 
    • Actions to request ALOS data
    • Modeling and mapping capabilities identified and on standby
    • Interagency outreach and partner identification
    • Flood observatory, modeling and mapping teams engaged