Hurricane Celia
acquired June 21, 2010 download large image (3 MB, JPEG, 7280x4552)

Hurricane Celia became the first hurricane of the 2010 eastern Pacific season in late June 2010. On June 22, 2010, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Celia was a Category 2 hurricane, and that the storm could be expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours. The same day, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Celia had maximum sustained winds of 90 knots (170 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 110 knots (200 kilometers per hour). As the storm was projected to move farther away from land, however, no coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Celia on June 21, 2010, two days after observing both Celia and Tropical Storm Blas in a single overpass. West of Central America, Celia sports spiral arms but no obvious eye.

  1. References

  2. Associated Press. (2010, June 20). Celia becomes season’s first hurricane. ABC News. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  3. National Hurricane Center. (2010, June 22). Hurricane Celia Public Advisory. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  4. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. (2010, June 22). Hurricane 04E (Celia) Warning. Accessed June 22, 2010.

NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.

Aqua - MODIS

Hurricane Celia

June 23, 2010
More Images of the Day
Adios El Nino, Hello La Nina? Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
More in this Event (view all)
Hurricane Celia Hurricane Celia Hurricane Celia

Hurricane Celia

Hurricane Bill

Hurricane Celia

Hurricane Cristobal

Hurricane Igor

View more related images