Hurricane Elida
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Hurricane Elida

January 19, 2006
Elida is a tropical storm that started to form off the coast of Mexico on the 23rd of July. After a few days, it had turned into a massive hurricane with wind gusts reaching speeds over 200 km/hour. On the 25th of July, it was seen by the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) while at its maximum velocity. Its central "eye" is perfectly visible. To the north, the more that 1000 km long Baja gives an idea of the extent of this giant atmospheric event. Since its formation it has moved North West, with an approximate speed of 30 to 40 km/hour. It is following the coast of Mexico, and heading towards the Baja peninsula. It will last several days before it slowly loses its power and finally disappears. It is the first time that MERIS has observed such an event.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 25-Jul-2002
  • Orbit nr: 02099
  • Center coordinates: lat. 17.50, lon. -112.50

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