April 12, 2009 - Tropical Storm Jade

Tropical Storm Jade

Tropical Storm Jade was coming ashore over Madagascar on April 6, 2009, when the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image. The storm formed over the Indian Ocean on April 4, and briefly intensified into a Category 1 cyclone on April 5.

The storm weakened before coming ashore. About the time that MODIS captured this image, Jade’s winds were decreasing from about 102 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour or 55 knots) to 93 km/hr (58 mph or 50 knots).

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 04/04/2009
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC