Image Source: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

Barbra the Hurricane is one of the rising hurricanes currently in the waters of Eastern Pacific Ocean. NASA has been working back and forth over the details to study the effects of the hurricane, though it seems like the hurricane is rising by the time as recently, NASA tracked down the hurricane with the help of the NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite which showed that the hurricane is moving toward the west in through the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The images were captured through the satellite on July 4.

The images showed up that the center of the hurricane is filled up with the clouds as the winds continue to shear which is eventually making the hurricane weak and is pushing most of the clouds towards the north of the center. The images were captured by using the VIIRS also known as the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which is installed on the Suomi NPP satellite. The images were as clear to identify the direction of the storm. The images provided by the VIIRS and the microwave satellite showed that Barbara the Hurricane is tearing up because of the winds which are flowing around and outside of the storm.

Image Source: NOAA

Because of the wind shear, it has become easy to identify the speed and direction of the winds that are changing with the altitude of Barbara. It is identified that the low-level center of the storm is in the southern region of the storm which is still strong and the National Hurricane Center has noticed that the eyewall structure of Barbara is breaking up into parts. There are a lot of factors that are making the hurricane weaker as expected as it was once a Category 4 Hurricane which tends to be the most powerful hurricane of its kind. The factors which are affecting the weakening of the hurricane is the increase in the wind shear from the south direction, another factor which is affecting the hurricane is the dry air which is moving towards the storm and the destruction of the foundation of the storm due to moisture and energy. There is another factor which is responsible for the weakening of the hurricane and that is the surface of the sea is getting cooler as the temperature of the sea is decreasing due to which the storm is moving towards the west.

NOAA‘s National Hurricane Center delivered the news on July 5 at 5 a.m. in which they conveyed that the center of the hurricane Barbara is located near latitude 17.7 degrees north and longitude 132.6 degrees west which depicts that the center of the storm which also known as the eye is about 1,475 miles (2,375 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii. Barbara the hurricane is moving towards the northwest direction at almost 12 mph which is around 19 kph. According to the weather forecast, the storm might take a slight turn towards the west by Saturday which is July 6. The estimated minimum central pressure is 980 millibars (28.94 inches).

The winds which were following at their maximum speed have come down to 130 kph with a higher outburst and the wind force may extend outwards to 55 km from the center and talking about the tropical storm force, the winds are extending outwards up to 250 km. It is being observed that Barbara the hurricane is getting weaker by the time as it was observed 24 hours earlier that the hurricane was at its maximum which was 195 kph. It is being expected that Barbara is going to turn into a post-tropical cyclone late on July 6. Though the storm is not a big threat to Hawaii as it is going towards the downswing. Barbara the Hurricane has become the second strongest tropical cyclone of this year after the Tropical Cyclone Fani. Talking about the Fani, the cyclone was named as the Category 4 storm with a massive 155 mph wind speed. It reached the and fall near Kolkata, India on May 2. The strongest cyclone of this year is Super Typhoon Wutip which was included in the Category 5 storm with a massive wind speed of 160 mph in the waters about 300 miles west of Guam on February 25. Wutip was the first Category 5 storm ever observed in the Northern Hemisphere in February.


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