"Amanda" forms as first tropical storm of 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season

2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially started on May 15, 2014. A week later, its first tropical depression was born southwest of Mexico. On May 23rd the system organized and strengthened into the first tropical storm of the season and was named “Amanda”.At 15:00 UTC today Amanda was centered near 10.9 north latitude and 108.4 west longitude, about 1 000 km (620 miles) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, moving west-northwest at 7 km/h (5 mph). It had a minimum central pressure of 1005 millibars.At the time, Amanda’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 65 km/h (40 mph). Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 55 km (35 miles) from the center.The NHC discussion indicated that forecasters there expect Amanda to reach hur… »

Source: Solar News

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds above Funny River Fire seen from space

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds, also known as pyroCb events, are thunderclouds formed when superheated air rises above an intense fire. They are the most extreme manifestation of a pyrocumulus cloud, accompanied by hail, lightning, and strong winds and can loft smoke high into the atmosphere, allowing it to travel long distances. They may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it.While the first unambiguous pyroCb event of the 2014 Northern Hemisphere wildfire season occurred in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, Russia on May 18, 2014, the first detailed satellite image of the year comes from Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, U.S.A wildfire that broke out on the Kenai Peninsula on the evening of May 19, 2014, quickly blew up into a massive wildfire now called the Fu… »

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Announcing some upcoming changes

Coming soon! In the next few days you will see changes to the look and feel of the HIW. We believe these changes will improve your workflow through the site and allow us to highlight some developments inside and outside of the HIW related to accessing and using federal data assets. We are also revamping the For Developers section, again to improve the user experience. We look forward to receiving your feedback, as always, at healthindicators@cdc.gov.

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