06 SEP 1415Z-0200Z
07 SEP 1415Z-0200Z
08 SEP 1415Z-0200Z
09 SEP 1415Z-0200Z
September 9, 2001This 4km-resolution GOES-10 visible loop spans 1415Z-0200Z.
During the previous night, the two vortices merged, with the smaller, stronger one (Gil) emerging victorious. At the beginning of this loop, Gil's intensity was 30kts (1008mb); by the end of the loop, Gil was no longer a Tropical Depression. The weakening of the victorious vortex is more likely due to cold SSTs rather than the merger process itself.
(42 frames, 12.7Mb, Data processed at CSU/CIRA)