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Paloma – the Tropical Storm Has Developed

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Tropical Storm Paloma formed last night from Tropical Depression # 17.  Currently its maximum sustained winds are estimated at 45 mph.  It is beginning to form an eyewall.  There has been no exceptional changes in the forecast path since my last posting.

A hurricane hunter mission is in the air now and information should be available around 1:00 PM EST.

Above is a high-resolution image from the visible spectrum – completed 11:45 AM EST (about an hour ago if you are reading this at post time).

I enjoy these great images provided by the Naval Research Lab in Monterey, California.  For someone like myself, so very interested in clouds, they are so much more revealing than some of the fuzzy images we often see from other sources.

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION 17 IS OFFICIAL

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It took data gathered from an Air Force hurricane reconnaissance plane to confirm today what satellite remote sensing seemed to indicate yesterday.  Invest 93L is now officially Tropical Depression 17.  Because of ambiguities in information gathered during satellite passes it is, in my opinion, good science to get on site confirmation before fully committing.  As time goes by and the technology continues to develop I’m sure the day will come when satellites peering downward measuring atmospheric and earth surface parameters, gathering information from countless data points (and levels), will provide data so accurate and uncorrupted that very few confirmations will be needed.

I have inserted (above) graphical Advisory 1 from the National Hurricane Center.