Tropical Storm Narda Was a Sea Storm in the Eastern Pacific Ocean [image-51]
Tropical Storm Narda formed almost 900 miles away from the southern tip of Baja California on Oct. 6, staying away from land areas throughout its life. Narda strengthened to near hurricane force then weakened while traveling out into the open waters of the Eastern Pacific because of wind shear and dry air.
Narda developed from Tropical Depression 14-E, which formed on Oct. 6 near 12.9 north and 118.5 west. That put the center of the depression about 890 miles/1,425 km southwest of Baja California's southern tip. The depression had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph/55 kph and headed west at 12 mph/19 kph. Later in the day, by 11 p.m. EDT, the depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Narda and maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph/65 kph. Twenty-four hours later (on Oct. 7) Narda's maximum sustained winds peaked near 65 mph/100 kph when it was located near 14.6 north and 125.0 west. It was still moving at 12 mph/19 kph, but its track shifted to the west-northwest.
On Oct. 8, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center noted that they didn't expect Narda to reach hurricane status because it was moving into a more unwelcome environment. Narda's maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph/95 kph and it was then 1,140 miles/1,825 km west-southwest of the Baja's southern tip.
On Oct. 9, Narda had moved to about 1,265 miles/2,040 km west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and its winds had dropped to 35 mph/55 kph, making it a depression. Narda still hung onto depression status on Oct. 10 and maintained the same maximum sustained wind speed. The storm had slowed to a crawl at 2 mph/4 kph and was about near 16.4 north and 128.9 west, about 1,315 miles/2,115 km west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
Dry air was wrapping into Narda on Oct. 10 as wind shear increased. Those two factors were sapping the storm's strength.
By Oct. 12, Narda had dissipated in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Text credit: Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center