Hurricane Ida develops an eye over the Gulf of Mexico, as it becomes a Category 2 storm « CIMSS Satellite Blog


August 29th, 2021 | Scott Bachmeier

Gulf of Mexico

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) and “Red” Visible images [click to play animation | MP4]

1-–minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) images (above)  showed that Hurricane Ida gradually developed an eye, as the Category 1 storm intensified to Category 2 by 1800 UTC on 28 August 2021.


Microwave (85 GHz) images from DMSP-17 (above) and DMSP-16 (below) — from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site — showed 2 views of the eye and eyewall structure at 1235 UTC and 2205 UTC, respectively.


Ida was moving across very warm water (SST | OHC) and through an environment of low wind shear (below), which favored continued intensification as it approached the Louisiana coast.

Gulf of Mexico

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