July 26, 2009 - Typhoon Molave

Typhoon Molave

Typhoon Molave was building from a tropical storm into a typhoon on the morning of July 18, 2009, when the MODIS on NASAís Terra satellite captured this photo-like image. Though still a tropical storm, Molaveís shape is distinctive in this image. Clouds swirl around a dark depression, which marks the eye of the storm.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the stormís maximum sustained winds were between 55 and 60 knots (100-110 kilometers per hour or 63 -70 miles per hour). Later in the day, Molave became a Category 1 typhoon with winds of 65 knots (120 km/hr or 75 mph. It weakened before coming ashore over China on July 19.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 07/18/2009
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC