June 25, 2004
The Terra MODIS instrument captured this true-color image of Typhoon Dianmu (Mother of Lightning in Chinese) on June 20, 2004, at 2:25 UTC. At the time this image was taken Dianmu was packing sustained winds of 92 mph with higher gusts to 115 mph and was moving north-northeast at 15 mph. The day after this image was captured, Dianmu weakened into a tropical storm and moved up the west coast of Japan. Initial news reports say that the storm killed three people, damaged homes, halted transportation, and caused the evacuation of over 1800 people. The storm is expected to continue to move north across Japan's northern island, Hokkaido, and into the Sea of Okhotsk. The tropical storm season in the northwestern Pacific Ocean lasts from April through December. These storms are often enormous - it's not uncommon for them to stretch over 600 miles in width.