North Atlantic Storm With Hurricane-Force Winds Produces Extraordinary Satellite Images
A powerful low-pressure system with hurricane-force winds intensified over the north Atlantic Ocean Sunday and Monday, resulting in extraordinary imagery from satellites in space.
Winds in the intense non-tropical cyclone were estimated to be at least 90 mph late Sunday, said NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center, which also analyzed the storm with a central pressure as low as 932 millibars Monday morning.
In general, a lower atmospheric pressure correlates with a more intense storm. For reference, the lowest central pressure of last October’s Hurricane Matthew was 934 millibars. Despite the similar pressure at its peak, wind speeds in non-tropical cyclones such as this one are much lower than hurricanes, because the pressure gradient is spread out over a much larger area than in a hurricane.
The core of this intense storm will pass between Greenland and Iceland through Tuesday while weakening, sparing any land masses from a direct hit. However, Iceland will see gusty winds and rainfall as the storm passes to its west.
Here is some of the imagery of this powerful weather system:
Satellite image of the north Atlantic storm early Monday. (Credit: Dundee Satellite Receiving Station)
Visible satellite image of the north Atlantic storm early Monday morning. (Credit: Dundee Receiving Station)