NASA Terra Satellite Captured Visible Image of Hurricane Jova

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.