Oct 14, 2014

NASA's Aqua Satellite Sees Extra-Tropical Storm Vongfong Pulling Away from Hokkaido, Japan

Kyushu
Japan
by
Rob Gutro
,
NASA
This is an astronaut photo of Supertyphoon Vongfong taken from the International Space Station on Oct. 9, 2014. Image: NASA JSC/ISS
This is an astronaut photo of Supertyphoon Vongfong taken from the International Space Station on Oct. 9, 2014. Image: NASA JSC/ISS

Vongfong was a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 145 knots (167 mph) when the TRMM satellite flew over on October 8, 2014 at 2328 UTC 7:28 p.m. EDT). TRMM's Microwave Imager showed that Vongfong was producing rainfall over a large area and heavy rainfall in the eye wall (the powerful thunderstorms around the open eye) and in multiple bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the center. On Oct. 8, Vongfong was the most powerful typhoon since super typhoon Haiyan that killed over 6,000 people after hitting the Philippines in November 2013