November 5, 2013 - Hurricane Raymond (17E) off Mexico

Hurricane Raymond (17E) off Mexico

Tropical Storm Raymond moved away from western Mexico and into warmer waters and faced less wind shear over the weekend of October 26-27, allowing the fading storm to re-energize and strengthen into a hurricane once again.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASAís Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Raymond on October 27 at 2115 UTC (5:15 p.m. EDT). At that time the storm was sporting a distinct and nearly cloud-free eye, heavy convective bands near the center, and a tight apostrophe shape, all signs of a strong storm. The tip of Baja California can be seen in the nearly clear skies to the northeast of the storm.

Near the time this image was captured, Hurricane Raymondís one-minute maximum sustained winds were reported to be 100 mph (161 km/h), making it a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It was still intensifying, with peak sustained winds of 105 mph (169 km/h) attained at 0300 UTC on October 28 (11:00 p.m. Oct 27 EDT).

By mid-day on October 28 wind shear had once again kicked up, causing Raymond to once again begin to weaken. By 2100 UTC (5:00 p.m. EDT) one minute sustained winds had dropped to 70 mph (113 km/h), bringing Raymond to Tropical Storm Status. Raymond never regained strength, and by October 30 had become a post-tropical cyclone, well on its way to complete dissipation over the Pacific Ocean.

Although Raymond never made landfall, it brought considerable rain to Mexicoís southwest coast. Flooding was reported in many areas, at times substantial, but damage was reported as minimal.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 10/27/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC