February 28, 2013
On Tuesday, June 17, 2003 the MODIS instrument onboard the Aqua spacecraft captured this true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Soudelor in the Philippine Sea. Soudelor (07W) is centered near 22.0 degrees north and 123.5 degrees east with sustained winds near 105 mph and gusts to 125 mph. The typhoon is moving to the north-northeast at 12 mph and this track is expected to continue over the next 24-36 hours, so Soudelor will pass to the west of the Ryukyu Islands and move near Kyushu. Rain and thunderstorms will cause locally heavy rainfall from Taiwan through the Ryukyu Islands and into southern Japan. Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.
Topics: Environment, Weather, Typhoons, Typhoon Soudelor, Pacific typhoon season, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Geography of Asia, Pacific ocean, Meteorology