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Hurricane Season 2006: Emilia (Pacific)
07.24.06
 
Emilia Fading in the Eastern Pacific

By 11:00 a.m. EDT (15:00 UTC) on Thursday, July 27 Emilia was a Tropical Depression in the eastern Pacific, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At that time, Emilia was located near 27.1 north latitude and 118.6 west longitude, moving toward the north-northwest around 11 knots (12 mph). Estimated minimum central pressure was 1008 millibars, and Emilia's sustained winds were down to 25 knots (28 mph), with gusts to 35 knots (40 mph). Emilia is expected to dissipate in the next day or two.

Hurricane Emilia captured by the Aqua satellite on July 27, 2006. On Wed. July 26, Emilia weakened from tropical storm status and continued moving away from the mainland, so all tropical storm warnings were discontinued for Baja California at that time.

The satellite image of Tropical Storm Emilia (right) was taken when she skirted the coast of Baja California and moved northwest into the Pacific Ocean on July 26, 2006. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 1:35 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (20:25 UTC) on Wed. July 26, the storm had sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (65 miles per hour) with stronger gusts. Though these winds were still about ten miles per hour under hurricane status, Emilia had the distinct spiraling clouds and round shape that mark a hurricane. In the hours after this image was taken, Emilia moved out over the Pacific Ocean and degraded into a tropical depression, said the National Hurricane Center. + High resolution JPG image (1.4 Mb) Caption credit: Rob Gutro/Holli Riebeek - Goddard Space Flight Center

Tropical Storm Emilia Forms in the Eastern Pacific

Image of Tropical Storm Emilia.

This image of Tropical Storm Emilia was taken on July 24 at 17:15 UTC (1:15 p.m. EDT) from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The image was created by NASA's GOES Project Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

At 15:00 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) the center of Tropical storm Emilia was located near 18.7 north latitude and 110.1 west longitude. The morning of July 24, the Mexican government dropped its tropical storm watch as Emilia moved out into the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

At noon EDT on July 24, Emilia's estimated minimum central pressure was 994 millibars, with maximum sustained winds of 63 mph (55 knots) with gusts to 74 mph (65 knots).

Present movement toward the west-northwest at 9 mph (8 knots). Emilia continues to be steered west-northwestward by a strong area of high pressure, which is located over the southwestern U.S. Emilia is expected soon turn more northwestward as it reaches the southwestern edge of the high pressure.

The National Hurricane Center forecast discussion states that Emilia will move over warm water for the next 24 hours, and likely strengthen into a hurricane. Thereafter, Emilia is expected to move over cooler water and into more stable environment which will lead to rapid weakening. The Hurricane Center then expects that Emilia will be downgraded to a low pressure system in about 4 days.

Credit: NASA/GOES Project Office. Caption by Rob Gutro, NASA/GSFC from information from the National Hurricane Center. (+ Click to view larger version of this image.)

 
 
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center