November 06, 2001
This infrared NOAA satellite image was taken yesterday morning, November 5, and shows the remnants of Hurricane Michelle, just east of Florida. On this image, the highest clouds (greatest convection and rainfall rates) are colored red, orange and yellow, the middle clouds are blue, and the lowest clouds are gray. This Michelle is no belle, though she looks rather disorganized now, after a run in with Cuba on Sunday, Michelle's still packing winds in excess of 70 mph. Last Friday, Michelle was churning in the western Caribbean Sea and had become a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale (winds over 131 miles per hour). Yesterday's reports from NOAA aircraft along with radar and satellite observations indicate that Michelle is continuing to weaken and will accelerate toward the northeast. The arc of clouds (blue) off the northeast US coast is a cold front that's expected to keep Michie from doing something fishy - the front should help steer Michelle away from the US mainland. Although, few hurricanes strike the US during the month of November, the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico lasts until the end of November. Also, note the extratropical storm system in the north Atlantic.