NASA Watching Atlantic Tropics: Katia, Tropical Depression 13 and System 94L
This GOES-13 satellite image shows Hurricane Katia (right), Tropical Depression 13 (left) and System 94L (top). Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Season 2011: System 94L (Atlantic Ocean)
There are three areas of tropical trouble brewing in the Atlantic Ocean Basin today and they'll be there over the Labor Day holiday weekend. NOAA's GOES-13 satellite today provided a look at the location and development of Hurricane Katia in the central Atlantic, newborn Tropical Depression 13, and developing System 94L in the north Atlantic off the New England coast.
The GOES-13 image was created by NASA's GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The image showed Katia to be the most well-organized of the three systems, although Tropical Depression 13 and System 94L are developing the typical hallmark "comma shape" of a tropical storm.
The low pressure area located off the New England coast is called System 94L and may become tropical depression 14 over the weekend. The NHC gives the low a 60 percent chance of developing over the weekend. It is located near 38.0 North and 63.7 West, about 450 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
At 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 2, System 94L is moving toward the northeast at 10 to 15 mph, toward the U.S. The low is producing tropical storm force winds and if it organizes more, it could be deemed a tropical storm.
The Atlantic Ocean is doing its best to remind everyone that we're nearing the peak of hurricane season with triple tropical trouble.
For updates over the weekend, visit NASA's Hurricane page on Facebook and Twitter: NASAHurricane.
Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
, Greenbelt, Md.