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Winds - Measuring ocean winds from space
Hurricane Season 2006
Tropical Storm Bud - July 11, 2006
Tropical Storm Bud - July 11, 2006

Tropical Storm Bud is the season's second eastern Pacific storm, on July 11th was located far off shore southwest of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. At 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Bud was located near 14.4 North and 113.0 West.

Bud is moving toward the west-northwest at 9 knots (10 mph). Estimated minimum central pressure is 996 millibars, and the maximum sustained winds were 50 knots (57 mph) with gusts to 60 knots (69 mph).

This image, from NASA's QuikSCAT satellite was captured at approximately 1:05 a.m. UTC (18:05 PDT) which is a little after 6 p.m. PDT on Monday, July 10th. The image depicts wind speed in color and wind direction with small barbs. White barbs point to areas of heavy rain. The highest wind speeds, shown in purple, surround the center of the storm.

The QuikSCAT scatterometer sends pulses of microwave energy through the atmosphere to the ocean surface, and measures the energy that bounces back from the wind-roughened surface. The energy of the microwave pulses changes depending on wind speed and direction, giving scientists a way to monitor wind around the world.

Credit: NASA/JPL


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