May 4, 2008 - Cyclone Nargis

Cyclone Nargis

The MODIS on the Aqua satellite captured this image of Cyclone Nargis on May 2, 2008 at 6:45 UTC, the day after this image of Nargis in the Bay of Bengal was taken. It was originally thought the storm might hit Bangladesh, until it changed paths towards Myanmar, which is located southeast of Bangladesh.

Today's image shows the storm traveling over Myanmar, with the storm's well-defined eye visible just off the western coast. When the storm made landfall at Cape Negrais, Nargis had sustained winds of up to 130 mph and gusts of 150-160 mph, making the storm a strong Category 3 or minimal Category 4. The storm is forecast to maintain its strength as it heads across the Ayeyarwady Delta on its way towards the capital city of Yangon. Damage and casualties from Myanmar have not yet been reported.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 05/02/2008
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC