Intensifying Tropical Cyclone Bruce
A powerful tropical cyclone called Bruce formed quickly after tropical cyclone Amara in the south Indian Ocean. Intensifying Tropical cyclone Bruce had winds of over 90kts (~103.5 mph) When the TRMM satellite passed over head on December 19, 2013 at 1800 UTC. A rainfall analysis from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments is shown on the left overlaid on an enhanced infrared image from TRMM's Visible and InfraRed Scanner (VIRS). Bruce was found to have a well defined eye with rain falling at a rate of over 115 mm/hr (~4.5 inches).
TRMM PR sliced through the center on tropical cyclone Bruce providing data used in the 3-D vertical structure view on the right. Some powerful storms in Bruce's eye wall were found to be reaching heights of close to 15km (~9.3 miles).
Bruce is predicted to intensify while moving toward the southwest over the open waters of the South Indian Ocean and have winds of 115 kts (~132 mph) in the next couple days.