May 18, 2010
Aqua Sees Tropical Storm 1B Form in Bay of Bengal
The first tropical storm of the Northern Indian Ocean cyclone season has formed and NASA's Aqua satellite captured its birth. Tropical Storm 1B formed in the early morning hours as the convection around the low level circulation center increased since May 17.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of 1B from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) at 7:25 UTC (12:25 p.m. Asia/Kolkata time) today, May 18, where if formed off of India's east coast in the Bay of Bengal.
Tropical Storm 1B is expected to intensify in the next two days as it moves closer to Chennai. It is then forecast to make landfall south of Visakhapatham.
Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Image Caption: NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm 1B (lower left) soon after it formed. This image from the MODIS instrument onboard Aqua was taken at 7:25 UTC (12:25 p.m. Asia/Kolkata time) and shows 1B off the east coast of India. Credit: NASA Goddard / MODIS Rapid Response Team
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