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Tropical Storm Blanca, Brewing Off Mexican Coast, to Become Hurricane

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 03:42 PM

Tropical Storm Blanca’s increasing airstreams and cooling cloud temperatures are two reasons meteorologists are expecting the storm system off the coast of Mexico to develop into a hurricane.

The International Space Station’s RapidScat device and NASA’s Aqua satellite aided meteorologists in coming to that conclusion this week, Phys.org reported.

Blanca developed early Monday morning and turned into a tropical cyclone late in the day. The system is currently centered about 365 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is moving west around 1 mph, The Associated Press reported.

Information from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory showed Monday that several areas of powerful precipitation were situated east of Blanca's midpoint. The storm’s top altitudes also touched heights of more than 9.3 miles, indicating strong thunderstorms, Phys.org noted.

Later in the day, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder device that hovers onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite collected measurable data on Blanca. AIRS figures from the flyover revealed that cloud top temperatures were cooling, showing an additional uplift in the atmosphere.

The National Hurricane Center said the shape of Blanca has since grown a little more structured, with escalated banding and very deep convection surrounding the midpoint.

According to The Weather Channel, the storm also has the probability to eventually hit Los Babos, Mexico.

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