July 28, 2004
Southeast of Japan, Typhoon Namtheun was spinning with sustained 132 mile per hour winds, shown here in this true-color Terra MODIS image. This river of wind was born of a cluster of thunderstorms over the warm tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean's Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which in turn is fueled by easterly trade winds near the equator's warm waters. Typhoons, known as Hurricanes in the Americas, are most common in this region from June to December. This particular storm is expected to head toward the west, though up to the time this image was acquired on July 27, 2004, it had been moving more northwesterly toward Japan.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Weather, Atmospheric dynamics, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences, Japan, Convergence zone, Intertropical Convergence Zone, Tropical cyclone, Tropical meteorology