February 11, 2014
Rainfall In Tropical Cyclone Fobane Eyed By NASA’s TRMM Satellite
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Some towering thunderstorms were spotted in Tropical Cyclone Fobane as NASA's TRMM satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean on February 10. Fobane was formerly Tropical Cyclone 14S and when it strengthened into a tropical storm it was renamed.
On February 10 at 0900 UTC/4 a.m. EST, Tropical Cyclone Fobane, known on La Reunion island as Tropical Cyclone 11/20132014, was located near 22.5 south latitude and 72.6 east longitude, about 973 nautical miles/1,120 miles/1,802 km east of St, Denis, La Reunion. Fobane's maximum sustained winds were near 55 knots/63.2 mph/101.9 kph and the storm was weakening. It was moving to the southwest at 21 knots/24.1 mph/ 38.8 kph.
Fobane has moved into an area of moderate to strong vertical wind shear, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. That wind shear is not expected to let up and Fobane is moving into cooler waters, so the storm is expected to continue to weaken.
Fobane is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction over open waters over the next several days as it passes far to the southeast of La Reunion Island.
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