This visible image captured by NASA’s GOES-11 satellite shows in one image cloud streets, hurricanes and massive low pressure areas while looking at the western United States.
While I could rewrite the information provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on this image, they’ve done it much more succinctly than I could right now.
This GOES-11 image was created by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project, located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. using data from NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-11. GOES-11 is in a geostationary orbit over the western U.S. providing valuable visible and infrared cloud and storm images to forecasters.
In the eastern Pacific Ocean, a cloud street stretches out from Mexico’s Baja California as Hurricane Hilary approaches from the south. A “cloud street” means clouds in long rolls of counter-rotating air that are stretched over an area and appear like a street because they are oriented almost parallel to the ground. These eddies help transport momentum, heat, moisture and even air pollution. They are altocumulus (middle) clouds that appear as globular clouds or rolls.
Further south in the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Hilary continued to move away from western Mexico. Hilary’s maximum sustained winds were near 120 mph and it was about 440 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. It appears slightly elongated today from north to south.
Far to the north of the cloud street are clouds associated with a strong frontal system coming toward the U.S. Pacfic northwest. The remains of Typhoon Roke are embedded in this system, so it is expected to be laden with moisture. Typhoon Roke brought heavy rainfall to Japan last week.
Looking to the eastern edge of the GOES-11 satellite’s view, are the comma-shaped swirl of clouds associated with a large low pressure area centered near northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin and covering the Great Lakes region. That low is also controlling the weather in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys today.