Situation Map
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SystemTimePositionMovement (kts)Winds (kts)Pressure (mb)Category
MUIFA271800Z17.9N 134.7EN 09251007
FRANCES280000Z11.6S 126.3EWSW 1555994
Tropical Depression MUIFA Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Situation Map

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

Global Tropics Hazards and Benefits Outlook
Graphic provided by Climate Prediction Center
Tropical Depression MUIFA Forecast Graphic
Tropical Depression MUIFA Forecast Track (Joint Typhoon Warning Center)
Tropical Depression MUIFA Storm-Centered Infrared
Tropical Depression MUIFA Storm-Centered Enhanced Infrared
Tropical Depression MUIFA Storm-Centered Visible
Tropical Depression MUIFA Warning Text (JTWC)
Tropical Depression MUIFA Prognostic Reasoning (JTWC)
Tropical Depression MUIFA JMV 3.0 Data (JTWC)

Satellite Imagery

Satellite Animations

Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Forecast Graphic
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Forecast Track (Joint Typhoon Warning Center)
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Storm-Centered Infrared
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Storm-Centered Infrared (Aviation Color Enhancement)
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Storm-Centered Visible
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES Warning Text (JTWC)
Tropical Cyclone FRANCES JMV 3.0 Data (JTWC)

Satellite Imagery

Satellite Animations