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Typhoon Francisco
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Typhoon Francisco

October 18, 2013
On October 17, 2013, Typhoon Francisco skirted around Guam, but the storm was headed on a track that could bring it toward Japan next week. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of the storm at 11:05 a.m. local time (4:05 UTC). At the time, the storm had maximum sustained winds near 85 knots (157 kilometers/hour or 98 miles/hour) and was expected to strengthen in coming days. Francisco’s center was located about 147 nautical miles southwest of Guam, near 12.5° North and 143.1° East. Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters noted that two of the best models predict that Francisco will hit Japan on Wednesday or Thursday of next week, though model results are still quite uncertain that far into the future. This is the 27th named storm in the Pacific in 2013. Credit: NASA images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.