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Tropical Cyclone Kujira 02W Southeast of Guam Pacific Ocean
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Tropical Cyclone Kujira (02W) Southeast of Guam, Pacific Ocean

February 21, 2013
Tropical Cyclone Kujira whirls over the northwestern Pacific Ocean toward the Phillipines in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired March 14, 2003. Kujira was packing 110 knot winds (1 knot = 1.15 mph) at the time this image was acquired with gusts up to 135 knots. Over the next two days, Kujira is expected to strengthen to 125 knot sustained winds (150 knot gusts), making it into a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm was moving west-northwest so rapidly that it was almost out of the scene at the time this image was acquired. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC