May 2, 2005
Typhoon Sonca was just beginning to weaken on April 25, 2005, when the Aqua MODIS instrument captured this image of the storm. Here, Sonca is spinning across the Philippine Sea towards Iwo Jima island, which is south of Japan's main island, Honshu. At the time this image was taken at 04:10 UTC, the storm's winds were slowing from 115 knots (132 mph) with gusts to 140 knots (1 knot = 1.15 mph) to 110 knots with gusts to 135 knots. An eye is barely visible as a circular smudge in the center of the storm. The storm is predicted to continue weakening, and should be a Tropical Depression (the lowest category of storm) with winds of only 25 knots by late on April 27th.