Skip all navigation and jump to content Jump to site navigation
NASA Logo - Goddard Space Flight Center

+ NASA Homepage

Goddard Space Flight Center
About MODIS News Data Tools /images2 Science Team Science Team Science Team

   + Home

April 21, 2015

April 20, 2015

April 19, 2015

April 18, 2015

April 17, 2015

April 16, 2015

April 15, 2015



August 24, 2013 - Typhoon Pewa (01C) in the central Pacific Ocean
Typhoon Pewa (01C) in the central Pacific Ocean Image used for Spacing Purposes
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 8/19/2013
Resolutions: 1km (246.4 KB)
500m (764.5 KB)
250m (1.7 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,

On August 19, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) passed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured this true-color image of Typhoon Pewa. At that time, the storm had developed a tight apostrophe shape, and a small, clear eye that was surrounded by dense thunderstorm-bearing clouds.

The storm developed from a low-pressure area near Johnson Atoll in the Central Pacific Ocean on August 16 – an area that sees few tropical storms. On August 18 Pewa remained at tropical storm strength as it passed over the International Date Line and moved from the Central Pacific to the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. By the next day, shortly before this image was captured Pewa strengthened to typhoon status.

Typhoon Pewa continued on a northwest course over open ocean until August 23, when it weakened to a tropical depression. At that time, wind shear had not only weakened the storm, but also pushed precipitation away from Pewa’s center.

FirstGov logo Privacy Policy and Important Notices NASA logo

Curator: Brandon Maccherone
NASA Official: Shannell Frazier

NASA Home Page Goddard Space Flight Center Home Page