Tropical Depression 15E appears almost shapeless on NASA satellite imagery


The AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Depression 15E on Sept.
EDT (1011 UTC), and purple indicates the strongest storms.
Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen
Tropical Depression 15E is being affected by vertical wind shear on NASA satellite imagery and appears almost shapeless.
The AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared temperature data on Tropical Depression 15E’s clouds on Sept.
The National Hurricane Center noted that “The cloud pattern has not become any better organized since yesterday and consists of a low-level center in between two shapeless blobs of deep convection.”
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 millibars.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph (55 kph) with higher gusts.
No significant change in strength is expected today, but the depression could become a tropical storm in day or two.
The NHC said “On this basis, little change is anticipated during the next 24 to 36 hours, and some slight strengthening is forecast thereafter.
There are three other areas in the Eastern Pacific that have a chance to develop.
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