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Tropical Storm Edouard Steams Toward Texas And Louisiana

Credit: NASA/JPL
by Alan Buis
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 05, 2008
Fed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Edouard gathers strength in the northern Gulf of Mexico, as seen in this thermal infrared imaged taken at 7:35 UTC (3:35 a.m. EDT) August 4 from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

At 2 p.m. EDT, Edouard had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour (75 kilometers per hour) and was located 145 miles (230 kilometers) south-southeast of Lafayette, La. and 240 miles (390 kilometers) east-southeast of Galveston, Texas, moviing toward the west-northwest near 8 miles per hour (13 kilometers per hour).

Forecasters expect Edouard to be near hurricane strength when it makes landfall some time Tuesday morning along the upper Texas coast or southwestern Louisiana coast.

Edouard is expected to bring with it a storm surge of two to four feet about normal tide levels and rain accumulations of three to five inches in some Louisiana coastal counties and southeast Texas, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 10 inches possible over southeastern Texas.

The AIRS image shows the temperature of the cloud tops or the surface of Earth in cloud-free regions. The lowest temperatures (in purple) are associated with high, cold cloud tops that make up the top of Tropical Storm Edouard.

The AIRS data creates an accurate 3-D map of atmospheric temperature, water vapor and clouds, all of which are helpful to forecasters.

The infrared signal of the AIRS instrument does not penetrate through clouds. Where there are no clouds, AIRS reads the infrared signal from the surface of the ocean waters, revealing warmer temperatures in orange and red.

related report
NASA's Johnson Space Center Closed for Edouard
NASA's Johnson Space Center closed at 12 p.m. CDT Monday and will remain closed through Tuesday because of the threat of tropical storm Edouard. Plans call for the center to reopen Wednesday.

Edouard is predicted to cross the Texas coast early Tuesday.

Flight control of the International Space Station will continue from Houston, and the Space Station Mission Control Center at Johnson will remain open.

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