Tropical Duet

Below is an interesting satellite photo of hurricanes in the Caribbean & Pacific.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Hurricane Felix and Hurricane Henriette on September 3, 2007. At that time, Felix was a Category 5 hurricane off the coast of Nicaragua and Henriette was a Category 1 hurricane south of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Environmental Impacts:

Hurricane Felix is the sixth named storm, the second hurricane, and the second Category 5 hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Felix made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane at approximately 6:45 am CDT (1145 UTC) on September 4 near Punta Gorda, Nicaragua with sustained winds of 160 mph.

Only 2 weeks after Category 5 Hurricane Dean, Felix is the second Category 5 hurricane this year while also being only the second hurricane of the year. This also marks the first time two Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the same year.

Hurricane Felix set the record for the fastest storm to grow from Tropical Depression to Category 5 Hurricane, achieving that feat in a mere 51 hours.

Since records began, only 31 hurricanes in the Atlantic have reached Category 5 and only 13 of those made landfall as a Category 5:
1) Okeechobee Hurricane (Puerto Rico) 1928
2) Bahamas Hurricane (Bahamas) 1932
3) Labor Day Hurricane (Florida Keys) 1935
4) Fort Lauderdale Hurricane (Bahamas) 1947
5) Hurricane Janet (Mexico) 1955
6) Hurricane Camille (Louisiana/Mississippi) 1969
7) Hurricane Edith (Nicaragua) 1971
8) Hurricane Anita (Mexico) 1977
9) Hurricane David (Dominican Republic) 1979
10) Hurricane Gilbert (Mexico) 1988
11) Hurricane Andrew (Florida) 1992
12) Hurricane Dean (Mexico) 2007
13) Hurricane Felix (Nicaragua) 2007

Hurricane Henriette is the sixth named storm and the third hurricane of the 2007 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season. Currently, Hurricane Henriette is a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph. The storm is forecast to make landfall today, September 4, on the tip of the Baha Peninsula in Mexico.
The satellite picture and text above were provided courtesy of StormCenter Communications.

John Collins


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