November 7, 2011 - Tropical Cyclone Keila(03A) off the Arabian Peninsula

Tropical Cyclone Keila(03A) off the Arabian Peninsula

Tropical Storm Keila brought strong winds and heavy rains to the Arabian Peninsula at the beginning of November 2011. Times of Oman described flooded roads, parked vehicles swept away by water, and emergency evacuations of hospitals. On November 3, OneOman reported 14 deaths and at least 200 injuries from the storm.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on November 1. The center of the storm hovers just off the coastlines of Yemen and Oman, and storm clouds stretch hundreds of kilometers inland.

Observations by another NASA satellite, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) indicated heavy rainfall resulting from Tropical Storm Keila. On November 3, the TRMM team reported that thunderstorms spawned by Keila produced about 5 centimeters (2 inches) of rain per hour off the coast of Oman.

In this image, black borderlines have been added to outline political boundaries. In the upper left is Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates lies on the northern coast, Oman on the eastern southern coast and Yemen to its west. At the bottom of the image, to the south of the Gulf of Aden, is Somalia.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 11/1/2011
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC