February 1, 2014 - Tropical Cyclone Eleven (11P) over Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone Eleven (11P) over Queensland, Australia

The late-January, 2014, Tropical Cyclone Dylan was a short-lived storm of many names. It was first designated as System 99P by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on January 28. At that time, the tropical low pressure system was located in the Coral Sea about 247.4 mi (198 km) east-northeast of Willis Island, Australia.

On January 29 the system had intensified enough to earn cyclone status and was dubbed Tropical Cyclone 11P. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABM) issued Cyclone Warnings for coastal and island communities from Cairns to St. Lawrence, including Townsville and Mackay.

By January 30, the storm, now known as Tropical Storm Dylan, was rapidly approaching Queensland. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the storm at 3:50 UTC that same day (1:50 p.m. local - Australian Eastern Standard Time) and captured this true-color image of Dylan as it spun just off the Australian coast. Thunderstorms concentrated in the center of circulation with a wide and large band of thunderstorms wrapping into the center from the south.

At 15:00 UTC on January 30 (1:00 a.m. January 31 AEST) it was reported that Tropical Cyclone Dylan had maximum sustained winds near 63.2 mph (101.9 km/h). Just a few hours later, as the storm continued to intensify, the cyclone made landfall near Hideaway Bay (east of Bowen) at about 3:30 a.m. AEDT on January 31 (17:30 UTC January 30). At that time, rainfall was estimated at 31 mm per hour (1.2 in per hour).

Once on land, the storm quickly weakened. On January 31 at 0300 UTC (1:00 p.m. AEST) the JTWC issued its final bulletin on Tropical Cyclone Dylan. At that time, the storm was inland, centered about 204.8 mi (329.7 km) southeast of Cairns, Australia and carried maximum sustained winds near 46 mph (4 km/h).

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 1/30/2014
Resolutions: 1km (788 KB), 500m (2.4 MB), 250m (5.7 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC