Cyclone Chapala: Current Status
The latest location, estimated wind speed, and infrared satellite image of Cyclone Chapala, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
While direct measurements from reconnaissance aircraft are not available over the Arabian Sea, Chapala's rate of intensification from a high-end tropical storm to a high-end Category 4 storm in 24 hours ending 2 a.m. EDT Friday morning was quite impressive for this part of the world.
Warmer-than-average Arabian Sea water along its path had, in part, allowed for Chapala intensify so rapidly.
Impressive outflow channel N of Cyclone #Chapala. Shows the fine line between being sheared apart & possible RI. pic.twitter.com/VXo9tld444
— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) October 29, 2015
Steered by subtropical high pressure, Chapala is expected to track west or west-northwest through the weekend, making landfall along the coast of eastern Yemen or southwest Oman Monday.