Medicane over Italy

Medicane over Italy

2 December 2014 06:00 UTC–3 December 14:00 UTC

Medicane over Italy
Medicane over Italy

A swirling area of low pressure over Lazio on 3 December showed a clear eye - indicating a medicane.

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06 September 2022

Published on

02 December 2014

The infrared Dust RGB animation (Figure 1) shows convective systems generating in the north-western Mediterranean (Tyrrhenian Sea). These evolved into an almost circular small sized cyclone, known as a medicane.

Figure 1: Meteosat-10 Dust RGB, 2 December 00:00 UTC-3 December 14:00 UTC

The storm hit Italy a few kilometres west of Rome, bringing heavy rain to the country.

Metop-B Natural Colour RGB, 3 December 08:35 UTC
Figure 2: Metop-B Natural Colour RGB, 3 December 08:35 UTC

On the Metop-B Natural Colour RGB, from 3 November 08:36 UTC (Figure 3), and the composite Meteosat-8 HRV/RGB image, from 3 November 08:00 UTC (Figure 4), a distinct eye can be seen to the west of Rome.

Metop-B, 03 December 2014, 08:36 UTC
Figure 3: Metop-B Natural Colour RGB, 3 December 08:36 UTC
Meteosat-8, 03 December 2014 08:30 UTC
Figure 4: Meteosat-8 HRV (70%) mixed with RGB 234 (30%), 3 December 08:30 UTC