Tropical Storm Karina Spinning in the Eastern Pacific

August 18, 2014

Karina continues to spin in the open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean about 1400 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii.

Karina has been experiencing wind shear, possibly from Lowell to its east, displacing thunderstorms from the low-level center of circulation. The combination of persistent wind shear, along with the presence of drier, more stable air should induce further weakening Karina in the coming days.

Interestingly, later this week, Karina should take a sharp 180 degree turn back toward the east-northeast, thanks to the larger circulation of Lowell to the east of Karina. These two systems may eventually pinwheel around each other, a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara effect.

Regardless of all this, Karina will remain far from any land interests.

Karina strengthened into the sixth hurricane of the 2014 eastern Pacific hurricane season on August 14. However, Karina encountered unfavorable wind shear conditions that evening and stepped back down to a tropical storm during the early morning hours of August 15.

First forming as Tropical Depression Eleven-E last Tuesday night about 325 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, Karina became the season's 11th named storm last Wednesday morning. On average, the eastern Pacific hurricane season's 11th named storm occurs by September 10.

Projected Path

The latest forecast path and wind speeds from the National Hurricane Center.


Current Information

So, where exactly is the cyclone's center located now? If you're plotting the storm along with us, the information depicted in the map above provides the latitude/longitude coordinates, distance away from the nearest land location, maximum sustained winds and central pressure (measured in millibars).  


Infrared Satellite

This infrared satellite image shows how cold (and therefore how high) the cloud tops are. Brighter orange and red shadings concentrated near the center of circulation signify a healthy tropical cyclone.


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