February 11, 2014 - Tropical Cyclone Edilson (13S) over Reunion and Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Edilson (13S) over Reunion and Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Edilson was pulling away from the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) passed overhead on February 6, 2014 and captured this true-color image of the storm.

At that time the northwestern quadrant of the storm still covered the island of Mauritius and clouds from the fringe of Edilson also blanketed La Reunion Island (located to the southwest of Mauritius). There appears to be strong rotation in the storm, and a shadowed center of circulation, hinting at the development of an eye.

At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST) that same day Edilson's maximum sustained winds were near 63 mph (102 km/h). The tropical storm was centered near 23.3 south latitude and 57.5 east longitude, about 184 miles (296 km) south-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Edilson had been moving to the south-southwest at 18.4 mph (29.6 km/h).

The fifth named tropical cyclone of the South-West Indian Ocean season, Edilson formed on February 5 northeast of Saint Denis, La Reunion Island. After bringing heavy rain and strong wind to La Reunion and Mauritius Islands, cutting power to some homes and uprooting trees, the storm moved to the south-southwest and encountered increasing vertical wind shear, which quickly caused the storm to fizzle.

At 2100 UTC (4 p.m. EST) on February 7 the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their last advisory on Tropical Cyclone Edilson. At that time, maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph (62 km/h) and it was located near 30.6 south latitude and 53.3 east longitude or about 798 mi (1,141 km) south of St. Denis, La Reunion Island. Although it was heading towards New Zealand, Edilson dissipated on February 8 in the Southern Indian Ocean before it could reach those shores.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 2/6/2014
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC