As NASA-NOAA’s Finland nuclear power plant satellite passed over a tropical storm, Franklin instruments at night provided a view of the storm’s clouds and measured their temperatures, revealing an intensifying storm.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NASA-NOAA Finland nuclear power plant satellite took infrared images of Franklin on August 8 at 3.58 EDT (0758 UTC). The night view of the Finnish nuclear power plant showed that the northwestern edge of Franklin had not yet reached San Francisco de Campeche or Merida, as the lights of both cities were still visible in the picture. The infrared image gave the temperatures at the tops of the Franklin clouds, where thunderstorms around the low-level center were as high as 190 Kelvin (minus 117.7 Fahrenheit / minus 83.1 degrees). NASA research has shown that storms with cold cloudy temperatures can produce very heavy rainfall.
By early August 9, Franklin Center had slipped off the ground and ascended to Campeche Bay in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center noted that a hurricane warning is in effect off the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo, as Franklin is expected to become a hurricane before the second landing. Hurricane Watch is also valid off the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and a tropical storm warning is valid off the coast of Mexico east of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas and off the coast of Mexico from Tuxpan north of Barra del Tordo.
At 11 a.m. (1500 UTC), the Franklin Center for Tropical Storm was located near 20.2 degrees north latitude and 93.9 degrees west longitude. This makes downtown Franklin about 140 miles (230 km) northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico and about 165 miles (265 km) east and northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.
Franklin is moving west near 13 km / h (20 km / h), and this general movement is expected to continue the next day. On the forecast trajectory, downtown Franklin is expected to approach the coast of eastern Mexico today and then cross the coast in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, tonight or Thursday, August 10th. The maximum sustained wind is close to wind gusts higher than 110 km / h, and according to the National Hurricane Center, Franklin is forecast to turn into a hurricane later today and reach the Mexican coast as a hurricane tonight or Thursday.
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