Follow this link to skip to the main content
Colorado State University Logo NASA Logo - Jet Propulsion Laboratory vertical line   + NASA Home Page
  + NASA CloudSat Portal
Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA California Institute of Technology
JPL HOME EARTH SOLAR SYSTEM STARS AND GALAXIES TECHNOLOGY
this image shows light clouds on the dark blue background banner: CloudSat, image of the satellite
this image shows clouds in the background
Home
Overview
Mission
Instrument
News
Home
Clouds In The News
1998-1999
2000-2001
2002-2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Data
Cloud Art
Publications
Education
Science Team
Partners
Contacts
Ventures
this image shows clouds in the background
this image shows clouds in the background
News: Bering Sea Storm

Bering Sea Storm

CloudSat overpassed an extratropical storm in the Bering Sea on November 8, 2014 at 0133 UTC. This particular system contains the reminants of Super Typhoon Nuri from the West Pacific. CloudSat intersected the storm as the system was moving into the Bering Sea and overpassed the comma shaped center of the storm as it was strengthening, reaching a pressure of 924 mb five hours after this overpass. CloudSat observations reveal the slant-wise clouds directed away from the storm center, indicative of the strong winds associated with system. Cloud top heights are below 9 km and areas of precipitation are observed near the storm center. Mid and high level clouds are observed in areas further from the storm (over land) and areas of cumulus and nimbostratus are found in the center.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured the infrared (IR) (Figure 1) image taken a few minutes before the CloudSat overpass (Figure 2) denoted by the blue line A->B).

Figure 1. MODIS IR imagery overlaid with CloudSat track (blue) (courtesy NOAA LAADS Web).

Figure 2. CloudSat overpass track (courtesy CloudSat Data Processing Center).

References:

MODIS imagery, LAADS Web, Retrieved November 10, 2014.

CloudSat imagery, CloudSat DPC, Retrieved November 9, 2014.


Last updated: November 11, 2014 by Natalie D. Tourville