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Hurricane Season 2006: Rumbia (Western Pacific)
Tropical Storm Rumbia Forms in the Northwestern Pacific

As of 10 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Thurs., Oct. 5, newly-formed Tropical Storm Rumbia was located near 23.6 degrees north latitude, 151. 6 degrees east longitude, or about 565 miles east of Iwo Jima, and was moving northward at 5 mph (4 knots). The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (35 knots) with gusts to 52 mph (45 knots). Estimated ocean wave heights of up to 14 feet were recorded near the center of the storm.

Rumbia is expected to maintain its current intensity or strengthen slightly over the 36 hours, before weakening as it encounters strong vertical wind shear. Forecasters expect the storm to remain on a northward path for the next day or so, before turning more east-northeastward. This track should keep Rumbia over the open waters of the northwest Pacific.

A Satellite View of Rumbia

Quikscat image of Tropical Storm Rumbia

This image from NASA's QuikSCAT satellite was captured on Wed., Oct. 4. It depicts wind speed in color and wind direction with small barbs. White barbs point to areas of heavy rain. The highest wind speeds, shown in purple, surround the center of the storm.

The QuikSCAT scatterometer sends pulses of microwave energy through the atmosphere to the ocean surface, and measures the energy that bounces back from the wind-roughened surface. The energy of the microwave pulses changes depending on wind speed and direction, giving scientists a way to monitor wind around the world. Credits: Caption - Mike Bettwy, Goddard Space Flight Center/RSIS; Image: Peter Falcon, NASA/JPL

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