The satellite imagery for the period of February 1st to 4th provided by NOAA’s GOES-West satellite, has revealed the development of the weather phenomenon “Pineapple Express”. The images have provided information on the movement and formation of clouds over the Northwestern region of the United States. Called “Pineapple Express” the wet weather phenomenon takes place when moisture content and warm air gets transported from the Central Pacific Ocean region to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. NOAA’s GOES is designed to provide information on atmospheric “triggers” such as this that might cause intense weather conditions such as hail storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
“Pineapple Express” to provide weather attractions for ordinary Californians
The video of the wet weather phenomenon was created as part of NASA’s and NOAA’s GOES Project. The animated imagery showed the movement of moisture laden clouds moving into the Pacific Northwest. The team of climate scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believes that these weather conditions will offer ordinary Californians certain weather attractions. In the words ofBill Patzert, a climatologist working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: “…’Pineapple Express’ system surging out of the warm tropical Pacific will deliver some small relief to rain and snow starved California. Though not a drought buster, we Californians are hoping this might be a preview of coming attractions for February and March.”
NPC forecasts light to moderate rainfall followed by heavy showers during the weekend
According to information provided by the NPC, the “Pineapple Express” is expected to bring down rain on northwest California, Washington State and coastal Oregon. Besides the light and moderate rains that it is expected to produce on the first day, the next few days, according to NPC will witness heavier rainfall, with certain areas expected to get more than 10” of rain on Saturday.