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Looming Neoguri
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Looming Neoguri

July 17, 2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over Tropical Cyclone Neoguri on July 8, 2014 and captured a spectacular true-color image of the massive storm. At the time the image was captured, the partially cloud-filled eye was centered over the East China Sea. Rain bands stretched from South Korea in the north, to the Philippines in the south, and from eastern China to Guam.

The storm formed in early July in the Pacific Ocean near Chuuk, Micronesia. Advisories were issued on the system by both the Japan Meteorological Association (JMA) and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) beginning on July 3. By July 7 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Neoguri had grown into a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds near 149.6 mph (240.8 km/h). Fortunately, the storm was battling significant wind shear, and by July 8 it weakened substantially before striking Okinawa at typhoon strength. Wind gusts of up to 101 mph (162.5 km/h) were reported, along with at least 17 inches (43 cm) of rain in 24 hours in Nago, Okinawa.

Neoguri made landfall near the city of Akune in Kagoshima Prefecture on the west coast of Kyushu just before 7:00 a.m. local time on July 10 (6:00 p.m. EDT July 9). Maximum 1 minute sustained winds were estimated at 65-70 mph (104-113 km/h). The JTWC issued its final bulletin on Tropical Storm Neoguri on July 10 at 15:00 UTC (11:00 a.m. EDT). At that time Neoguri's maximum sustained winds were near 46 mph (74 km/h). It was centered near 33.6 north latitude and 136.4 east longitude, about 131 nautical miles southwest of Camp Fuji, Japan). The storm was becoming an extra-tropical storm at the time, and completed the transition on July 11.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC



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