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SystemTimePositionMovement (kts)Winds (kts)Pressure (mb)
RACHEL300900Z23.3N 117.5W351005
PHANFONE300600Z16.6N 147.2ENW 1640993
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What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane (or typhoon, or severe tropical cyclone), the strongest storm on Earth, is a cyclonic (rotary) storm that derives its energy from cloud formation and rainfall, unlike frontal cyclones that derive their power from a temperature gradient. Full Article

Saffir-Simpson Scale

Category 1 – 74-95 mph (64-82 knots; 119-153 km/hr). Damage is limited to foliage, signage, unanchored boats and mobile homes. There is no significant damage to buildings. The main threat to life and property may be flooding from heavy rains.

Category 2 – 96-110 mph (83-95 knots; 154-177 km/hr). Roof damage to buildings. Doors and windows damaged. Mobile homes severely damaged. Piers damaged by storm surge. Some trees blown down, more extensive limb damage. Full Article

Tropical Cyclone Formation

Tropical Cyclone Genesis is the technical term for the process of storm formation that leads ultimately to what are called hurricanes, typhoons, or tropical cyclones in various parts of the world.

This occurs when, in the Northern Hemisphere, the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ, shifts northward out of the doldrums and atmospheric conditions become favorable for tropical cyclone formation after about the middle of May. Full Article

NHC Forecast Track (Tropical Storm RACHEL)
Tropical Storm RACHEL Forecast Track (National Hurricane Center)
Tropical Storm RACHEL Storm-Centered Infrared
Tropical Storm RACHEL Storm-Centered Infrared (Aviation Color Enhancement)
Tropical Storm RACHEL Storm-Centered Visible

NHC Eastern Pacific Wallet 3 - Tropical Storm RACHEL (EP182014)

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:40:58 GMT

Summary for Tropical Storm RACHEL (EP3/EP182014)

...RACHEL BARELY A TROPICAL STORM... As of 2:00 AM PDT Tue Sep 30 the center of RACHEL was located near 23.3, -117.5 with movement Stationary. The minimum central pressure was 1005 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph.

Tropical Storm RACHEL Public Advisory Number 24

...RACHEL BARELY A TROPICAL STORM...
Location: 23.3°N 117.5°W
Max sustained: 40 mph
Moving: Stationary
Min pressure: 1005 mb

Issued at 200 AM PDT TUE SEP 30 2014

Tropical Storm RACHEL Forecast Advisory Number 24

Issued at 0900 UTC TUE SEP 30 2014

Tropical Storm RACHEL Forecast Discussion Number 24

Issued at 200 AM PDT TUE SEP 30 2014

Tropical Storm RACHEL Wind Speed Probabilities Number 24

Issued at 0900 UTC TUE SEP 30 2014

Tropical Storm RACHEL Graphics

Tropical Storm RACHEL 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:38:17 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:39:44 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL 5-Day Track, Uncertainty Cone, Warnings (.shp)

GIS Data last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:37:24 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL Best Track Information (.shp)

GIS Data last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:31:16 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL Best Track Information (.kmz)

GIS Data last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:31:17 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL Forecast Information (.shp)

GIS Data last updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:31:20 GMT

Tropical Storm RACHEL Information by ATCF XML Prototype

Issued at Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:32:31 GMT. This is only a prototype and the file format may change without notice.

SpaghettiTropical Storm RACHEL Spaghetti (UWM)

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Tropical Storm PHANFONE Forecast Graphic
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Forecast Track (Joint Typhoon Warning Center)
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Storm-Centered Infrared
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Storm-Centered Enhanced Infrared
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Storm-Centered Visible
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Warning Text (JTWC)
Tropical Storm PHANFONE Prognostic Reasoning (JTWC)
Tropical Storm PHANFONE JMV 3.0 Data (JTWC)

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