January 20, 2021 - Tropical Cyclone Eloise

Tropical Cyclone Eloise

Tropical Cyclone Eloise was nearing landfall over north-eastern Madagascar on January 19, 2021 when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of the storm. Shortly after this image was captured, Eloise crossed land just south of the town of Antalahala bearing maximum sustained winds of approximately 83.5 km/h (51 mph).

Although categorized as tropical storm at the time of landfall, Eloise is being called a “dangerous system” both for the heavy rain it carries and for its predicted behavior later in the week. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the storm may generate heavy rains that may last for more than 24 hours and carries strong winds. These rains may generate floods and landslides.

After landfall, Tropical Cyclone Eloise has continued weaken as it continues across Madagascar traveling towards the southeast. It is expected to re-emerge over the Mozambique Channel on January 21, where it will likely restrengthen before striking southern Mozambique on January 23. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) forecasts wind speeds of about 92 mph (148 km/h) before landfall are likely. This would make Eloise a strong Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at that time.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 1/19/2021
Resolutions: 1km (482.7 KB), 500m (1.5 MB), 250m (4.5 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC