Earth from Space —Triple trouble in the Atlantic

Satellite image of a trio of storms in the Atlantic

A trio of storms in the Atlantic, spotted by the GOES-13 weather satellite.

A WEATHER SATELLITE captured a triple-header in the tropics when it snapped three tropical cyclones in one image in the Northern Hemisphere.

The image—taken by the GOES-13 satellite on July 20—shows a consolidating low pressure area called System 99L in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Bret several hundred kilometres east of South Carolina, and Hurricane Dora off the west coast of Mexico.

The image was created by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.

System 99L is a low-pressure area that may reach tropical depression status in the next day or two. It is located about 900 kilometres east-northeast of Bermuda and is moving to the northeast at 32 kilometres per hour.

The US National Hurricane Centre gave System 99L a 90 percent chance building to a tropical depression in the following 48 hours.

Text adapted from information issued by Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. Image courtesy NASA / NOAA GOES Project, Dennis Chesters.

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