Super Typhoon Lupit
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Super Typhoon Lupit

November 27, 2003
Sprawled across the western Pacific Ocean west of the Philippines, Super Typhoon Lupit’s still beauty contrasts starkly with the storm’s trail of devastation across numerous islands in the Federated States of Micronesia in the last week of November 2003. The storm was a powerful Category 5 Super Typhoon at the time this image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on November 26. In this scene, the main part of the typhoon is nearly 1,300 kilometers wide; if this storm could be picked up and draped over the United States, it would stretch from Virginia Beach inland as far as St. Louis, Missouri, or from Jacksonville, Florida, nearly all the way to Houston, Texas.

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