October 9, 2019 - Super Typhoon Hagibis off Guam

Super Typhoon Hagibis off Guam

Spinning in the western Pacific Ocean, Super Typhoon Hagibis is making headlines for the speed at which it intensified. In less than a day, between October 6–7, 2019, wind speeds increased by 100 miles per hour as Hagibis grew from a tropical storm to a category 5 typhoon. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 160 mph (258 km/h) as the eye of Hagibis was located about 200 miles (322 km) north-northeast of Guam.

On October 6, 2019, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA's Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of Super Typhoon Hagibis as it was explosively intensifying off of Guam.

According to news reports, no significant damage has been reported on Guam. The storm’s center was reported to have passed over an uninhabited island in the Marianas. Strong winds could continue to threaten islands in the region even as the storm moves away. Forecasts show the storm gradually weakening throughout the week as it moves north toward Japan.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 10/6/2019
Resolutions: 1km (1.9 MB), 500m (5.4 MB), 250m (9.9 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC