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Images of the Day: Super Typhoon Melor

Posted by feww on October 6, 2009

Awesome Power and Complexity of Super Typhoon Melor

Melor’s high thunderstorm cloud temperatures are colder than -53 degrees Celsius—signs of a very strong storm

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Super Typhoon Melor in the Western Pacific Ocean captured by the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite  in  the early morning hours of October 5, 2009. Melor intensified to Super Typhoon strength and became a category 5 typhoon (with maximum sustained winds near 161 mph) on the Saffir Simpson scale. Credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team.

Melor’s Sub-Zero Thunderstorm Cloud

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Aqua’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured Melor’s high thunderstorm cloud temperatures (in purple) that were colder than minus 63 Fahrenheit (-53 degrees Celsius). This image from October 4 at 12:29 EDT clearly shows Melor’s eye. Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

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JMA Typhoon Melor
Typhoon Melor and storm Parma’s forecast track issued by JMA at 08:45 UTC, 6 October 2009. Image may be subject to copyright.

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5 Responses to “Images of the Day: Super Typhoon Melor”

  1. Weisongy said

    We are on holiday in Osaka and are due to leave on the 9th, do not speak any Japanese, and are watching the local T.V. that consists of weather cartoons. Oh, and there is no reception for my 3G phone.

    It is very, very windy outside at the moment.

    • feww said

      Had an email from a colleague who lives near Osaka moments ago. She said a gust of wind tore part of a neighbor’s roof off and blew it 20 yards or so down the road.

  2. alorria said

    my little girls on a school trip from NZ right in the path of that thing ><

    • feww said

      They’re probably safer over there than they would have been in Samoa.

      Back in the high school days, the biology teachers were adamant Pterosaurs had long become extinct.

  3. feww said

    Typhoon Melor Arriving in Japan, Leaving a Lasting Impression

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