Satellites have tracked Tropical Storm Jova from its birth over the Pacific Ocean over the west coast Mexican state of Jalisco as a Category 2 hurricane. After Jova became a hurricane on October 8 and before it made landfall, it fluctuated in strength, with its central eye an indicator of strength was alternately clear and cloud-covered, essentially “winking” at satellites. In a visible image of Hurricane Jova from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on October 10 at 1:40 p.m. EDT, the eye was clearly visible. A visible image from NOAA’s GOES-11 satellite on October 11 at 12:45 p.m. EDT showed Jova’s eye “closed” or cloud-filled.
In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Irwin moved at wind speeds of 45 mph in the area that is to the southwest of Manzanilla, Mexico. The storm appears to be on a course that will take it away from land. It is moving south-southeast at a speed of 2 mph. The storm’s ocean bound course is a relief for residents of the area, who experienced Hurricane Jova last week. Last week’s storm killed 6 people.