From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Depression 25P on June 30 at 23:45 UTC (7:35 p.m. EDT) before it strengthened into Tropical Storm Rachel (early on July 1). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument took a visible-light picture of the storm that showed an elongated center of circulation. The MODIS image also showed the storm located in the Southern Pacific Ocean, and blanketing the Solomon Islands and stretching over the Solomon Sea.
At 0900 UTC (5 a.m. EDT) on July 1, Tropical cyclone Raquel had maximum sustained winds near 45 knots (51.7 mph/83.3 kph). It was centered near 6.5 South Latitude and 159.0 East longitude, about 85 nautical miles (7.8 miles/157.4 km) northeast of Isabel Island, Solomon Islands. Rachel was moving to the west-southwest at 4 knots (4.6 mph/7.4 kph).
On July 1, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said that animated mult0-spectral imagery showed tightly curved banding wrapping into a consolidating low-level center of circulation. A microwave image showed that the bulk of the strongest convection and thunderstorms were pushed southeast of the center from northwesterly wind shear.
The JTWC forecast calls for Raquel to move southwest through the Solomon Islands and intensify to 60 knots (69 mph/111 kph). A weakening trend is then expected to begin after 2 or three days as it moves into the Solomon Sea.
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