August 29, 2013 - Typhoon Trami (12W) approaching China and Taiwan

Typhoon Trami (12W) approaching China and Taiwan

On August 21, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Trami traveling north of Taiwan on a collision course with China.

This image was captured at 2:45 UTC (10:45 a.m. China Standard Time). Only a few hours later, at approximately 17:59 UTC (1:59 a.m. August 22 CST), Trami made landfall in east China’s Fujian Province, with maximum sustained winds near 86 mph (139 km/h).

Trami brought wind and heavy rainfall to an area recently soaked by Typhoon Utor. Thousands of people were evacuated in the northeast, when the Heilong River overflowed and caused serious flooding. According to China Daily, the Fujian Meteorological Center warned of flooding and mudslides. reported that more than 6,000 people were evacuated and over 2,000 vessels were secured in the harbor before Trami reached the shore.

No deaths were associated with this storm in China, as it weakened quickly, but Typhoon Trami killed 18 in the Philippines before striking China. The storm weakened quickly over China, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued their final bulletin on Trami on August 22, and the storm dissipated well inland shortly after.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 8/21/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC