Erick Now a Depression in the Eastern Pacific
Hurricane Season 2007: Erick (Atlantic)
At 8:00 a.m. PDT, on Thursday, August 2, Tropical Depression Erick showed a
disorganized cloud pattern, indicative that its circulation was weakening from
the 12 hours before, when it was a tropical storm. That disorganized center is
seen in this satellite image from NASA's QuikSCAT satellite. This image was
taken on August 2 at 02:47 UTC (10:47 p.m. EDT August 1).
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This image of Tropical Depression Erick depicts wind speed in color and wind
direction with small barbs. White barbs point to areas of heavy rain. The
highest wind speeds, are shown in purple.
At 15:00 UTC (11:00 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 2, the center of Erick was located near
13.6 north latitude and 130.2 west longitude, and moving west at 9 knots.
Erick's minimum central pressure is estimated at 1006 millibars, and Erick has
maximum sustained winds of 30 knots, with gusts to 40 knots. Forecasters expect
that after two days, Erick is likely to become a remnant low pressure system.
Erick formed on July 31 as Tropical Depression Eight-E (TD#8-E). TD#8-E became
Tropical Storm Erick at 03:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 1st when maximum
sustained winds reached 37 mph. Credit: Rob Gutro/Goddard Space Flight Center
Eyeing Another Area for Possible Development
Elsewhere, forecasters continue to eye low pressure associated with a tropical wave, located just east of the Windward Islands. While environmental conditions do not appear especially favorable for development, the National Hurricane Center notes that there is still some potential for this system to become a tropical depression during the next day or two as it moves westward near 15 to 20 mph. Storm summary credit: Rob Gutro (derived from NHS reports)/Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center