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Hurricane Season 2010: Tropical Depression 8E (Eastern Pacific)
Aug. 23, 2010

Tropical Depression 8-E Short-lived

Tropical Depression 8E lived about 36 hours in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and dissipated on Saturday, August 21 according to a surface analysis and satellite imagery.

At 15:00 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) Tropical Depression Eight-E (TD8E) was located near 20.6 North and 111.4 West, several hundred miles west of the western Mexican coast. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph, and the minimum central pressure had risen to 1005 millibars, indicating a weakening system. At that time, maximum sustained winds were down to 25 knots (28 mph), and showed only scattered moderate to isolated strong convection (rapidly rising air that forms thunderstorms that power the tropical cyclone), and only in the southwestern quadrant. Shortly after that time, TD8E faded into a remnant low pressure area.

Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

August 20, 2010

GOES image of Tropical Depression 8 The GOES-11 satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Depression 8 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) as a circular area of clouds about 230 miles west of Manzanillo, Mexico. Credit: NASA GOES Project
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GOES-11 Catches Eighth E. Pacific Tropical Depression Form

The eighth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed during the early morning hours of August 20, and the GOES-11 satellite captured infrared images of its birth.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-11 continually monitors weather conditions over the western U.S. and captured the birth of Tropical Depression 8E (TD8E) this morning. TD8 poses no threat to land, and is forecast to keep moving away from land over the weekend.

GOES-11 and the GOES series of satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NASA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. creates images and animations from GOES satellite data. In the GOES-11 infrared image taken on August 20 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Tropical Depression 8 appeared as a circular area of cloudiness a couple hundred miles west of the Mexican coast.

At 8:30 a.m. EDT, TD8E had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph and was moving northwest at 7 mph. It is expected to turn to the west-northwest tonight and Saturday. It is located about 230 miles west of Manzanillo, Mexico, near 18.7 North and 107.8 West. TD8 has a minimum central pressure of 1004 millibars. TD8 could strengthen into a tropical storm for a brief time before it runs into cooler waters (cooler than 27 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit) this weekend. If TD8E becomes a tropical storm, it will get the name "Frank."

Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center