This side-view image of Tropical Storm Beryl was taken from NASA's CloudSat satellite on July 18 at approximately 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 UTC).
The blue areas along the top of the clouds indicates cloud ice, while the wavy blue lines on the bottom center of the image indicate intense rainfall. Notice that the solid line along the bottom of the panel, which is the ground, disappears in this area of intense precipitation. It is likely that in the area the precipitation rate exceeds 30mm/hr (1.18 inches/hour) based on previous studies.
From one side of the storm to the other, Beryl appears to be approximately 800 km (497 miles). The scale from top to bottom is approximately 30 km (18 miles), so the clouds in this tropical storm reach heights exceeding 15 km (9 miles).
For more information about NASA's CloudSat satellite, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cloudsat/main/index.html
Beryl Affecting New York and New England on July 20
The National Hurricane Center reports that rains from Beryl were affecting Long Island, N.Y. and the southern New England coast at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for southeastern Massachusetts from Plymouth to Woods Hole, including Cape Cod, Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard. A tropical storm watch has been issued from west of Woods Hole, Mass. westward to New Haven, Conn.and for eastern Long Island, N.Y. east of Fire Island and Port Jefferson. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area...generally within 36 hours.
Storm tides of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels are possible in the warning area. Storm total rainfalls of 2 to 4 inches are possible. These rains extend well to the northwest of the center.
At 11:00 a.m. EDT the center of tropical storm beryl was located near latitude 38.8 north and longitude 72.7 west or about 150 miles south-southeast of New York City and about 220 miles southwest of Nantucket, Mass. Beryl is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph and this motion could bring the center of the storm near the southeastern coast of Massachusetts tonight (July 20) or Friday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is expected. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles mainly to the northeast of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 millibars.
For forecast updates from the National Hurricane Center, go to: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Image credit: NASA/JPL/The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University