October 21, 2011 - Tropical Cyclone 02B over Myanmar

Tropical Cyclone 02B over Myanmar

Tropical Cyclone 02B formed quickly near the northwestern coast of Bangladesh, and was captured by NASA's Terra satellite just before it made landfall. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra’s satellite captured this true-color image on October 19, 2011 at 04:25 UTC (12:25 a.m. EDT) when the cyclone was over Myanmar (Burma). At that time, the clouds extended from Burma to Bangladesh and western India.

By 11 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19, TC02B had made landfall in extreme southwestern Bangladesh, about 60 nautical miles south-southeast of Chittagong, Bangladesh, near 21.7 North and 92.3 East. Chittagong is a city of over 4.5 million people located in southeastern Bangladesh on the banks of the Karnaphuli River. It is also Bangladesh's busiest seaport. Tropical Cyclone 02B had maximum sustained winds near 35 knots (40 mph) and continued to move further inland after landfall. Shortly afterwards, TC02B began to quickly weaken.

On October 20, 2011, the India Meteorological Department reported that the storm had weakened to a low pressure area over Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh, Mizoram and the northeast Bay of Bengal. Broken clouds overlying the air continue to bring rains to the region.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 10/19/2011
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC