Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole

13 October 2016 01:06 UTC and 01:53 UTC

Hurricane Nicole
Hurricane Nicole

On 13 October both Metop-A and Metop-B polar-orbiting satellites captured images of Hurricane Nicole as it crossed the Atlantic.

Last Updated

22 September 2022

Published on

13 October 2016

By HansPeter Roesli (Switzerland)

Hurricane Nicole formed on 4 October and finally dissipated on 20 October, making the storm the third longest-lived Atlantic hurricane of the decade.

During that time the hurricane intensified twice — first in to a Category 2 storm on 7 October, then again on 12 October briefly reaching Category 4 status over the seas south of Bermuda.

The Metop images were 47 minutes apart (as can be seen in Figure 1). It is unusual, but highly fortunate that the ASCAT beams of both satellites happened to cover the central part of the hurricane during the same orbit.

Image comparison

Metop-B IR10.8 with ASCAT winds overlaid, 13 Oct 01:06 UTC compare1

Figure 1: Comparison of Metop images showing the wind speeds of Hurricane Nicole


Strong swells from the slow-moving storm started affecting Bermuda on 6 October. Days later the hurricane passed over the territory, with reported sustained winds of 87mph (141km/h) with gusts to 119mph (191km/h).

Although, the strong winds caused damage to trees and powerlines, there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.

Additional content

Hurricane Nicole (CIMSS Blog)
Powerful Hurricane Nicole wreaks havoc on Bermuda (The Telegraph)
Hurricane Nicole Left Cold Water in Its Wake as It Churned Up the Atlantic Ocean, NASA Map Shows (The Weather Channel)