Ten images of 2014

These images were published on the EUMETSAT Flickr channel during 2014. Some were viewed a lot because they were dangerous weather events, while others were unusual views of other natural phenomena.

1. Typhoon Halong

Typhoon Halong shown at 00:00 UTC on 6 August 2014 as it gradually made its way towards Japan. The typhoon had also reached “supertyphoon” strength – although this description is used by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and not by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which is in charge of warnings for this area. This is a composite image comprising infrared satellite imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT and the JMA, overlaying NASA’s Blue Marble Next Generation.You can read more about the typhoon in an image library case study.

2. Super Typhoon Vongfong

Typhoon Vongfong was a very strong typhoon in October 2014. Metop captured this image of the storm at 0104 UTC on Thursday 9 October. Read more about the typhoon, and see animations from space imagery on the Satellite Liaison Blog, by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

3. Hurricane Iselle

Hurricane Iselle pictured over the Pacific Ocean, as it moved gradually westwards towards Hawai’i. Iselle was described by the US National Hurricane Center as an annular hurricane, because it had a large symmetrical eye with relatively little convection to create rain bands outside the centre. Typically these hurricanes lose their strength much more gradually than hurricanes that undergo eyewall replacement. East of Iselle is Tropical Storm Julio. Composite image of infrared data from EUMETSAT and NOAA’s geostationary satellites, captured at 09:00 (UTC) Monday 4 August, 2014, overlaying NASA’s Blue Marble Next Generation.

4. Atlantic Low brings rain to Western Europe

The winter of 2013/14 was very stormy for parts of Europe. This image shows a low pressure system as it was about to bring more rain (blue colour) to Britain and Western Europe. Image from Meteosat-10, taken at 0945UTC on 07/02/14.

5. Further storm approaches Western Europe

This composite image shows the weather situation as it was over Europe at 12:00 UTC on 13 February 2014. The image is composed of infra-red imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT and NOAA, overlaid on NASA’s Blue Marble land imagery.

 6. Arctic summer ice

Image of Arctic sea ice (cyan colour) as captured by EUMETSAT’s Metop-A satellite on 11 August 2014 (00:13 UTC). For daily updates on the extent of sea ice at the poles see the EUMETSAT OSI-SAF website.

 7. A trio of storms

Hurricane Odile made landfall on Baja California peninsula in Mexicoat 04:45 UTC on 15 September 2014 . It was the most powerful storm to strike the area in recent decades, and caused several deaths as well as a lot of damage to property.  It is one of three active tropical cyclones in this composite image, comprising infrared data from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA and captured at 09:00 (UTC) on Monday 15 September 2014. Typhoon Kalmaegi was at this time regaining strength over the sea after bringing heavy rain and high wind to the Philippines, while Hurricane Edouard became the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, but was far from land.

 8. Bagana Volcano, Papua New Guinea

Bagana volcano, on Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea erupts frequently. It is thought to be a relatively young volcano and it has a large symmetrical lava cone. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia warned of volcanic ash in the atmosphere observed by satellite and by an aeroplane pilot. The ash plume was observed by Metop at 22:40 UTC on 11 August 2014.

 9. Pacific Quartet

In early August, the Pacific Ocean hosted a quartet of tropical cyclones – from left to right – Typhoon Halong, Hurricane Genevieve (which kept travelling west to become Typhoon Genevieve), Hurricane Iselle, and Hurricane Julio. In this image from 00:00 UTC on 7 August 2014, the storms are all far from land, but there were warnings for hurricane and tropical storm force winds in Hawai’i as Iselle approached, and for high waves and heavy rainfall in Japan. Composite image comprising infrared data from the geostationary satellites of the JMA and NOAA, overlaying NASA’s Blue Marble Next Generation.

 10. Typhoon Neoguri

This image was of the early stages of Typhoon Neoguri in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It intensified becoming a super typhoon for a time. It struck the Okinawa islands of Japan, causing some injuries and considerable damage to buildings and trees. Composite image of infrared imagery from the geostationary satellites of the Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT, captured at 11:00 UTC 04/07/2014, overlaying NASA’s Blue Marble Next Generation imagery.


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Ruth McAvinia

Ruth McAvinia

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