Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Tropical Storm Rick hovered over the eastern Pacific Ocean, south of the southern tip of Baja California on October 20, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 3:50 p.m. Mexico City time (20:50 UTC) the same day. Compared to an image MODIS acquired on October 17, Rick has a less distinct hurricane-like appearance in this image, with no discernible eye and an elongated shape that stretches over the mainland.
According to tracking information from Unisys Weather, Rick had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time this image was acquired. According to the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a tropical storm warning remained in effect for mainland Mexico and southern Baja California on October 21, 2009.
Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.