The SeaWinds scatterometer aboard NASA's QuikSCAT satellite collected the data used to create this multicolored image of hurricane Javier, currently nearly due south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The predicted track for this storm has it making landfall on the western coast of Baja California sometime Saturday night. This image, taken by QuikSCAT on September 16th at 6:13pm PDT, shows near-surface winds 10 meters above the ocean surface.
The colored background shows the near-surface wind speeds at 2.5 km resolution, with the highest wind speeds, purple, in the center, and lower wind speeds around the outer edges of the storm. The black barbs indicate wind speed and direction at QuikSCAT's nominal 25 km resolution; white barbs indicate areas of heavy rain.
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