Tropical Cyclone Ian
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Tropical Cyclone Ian was skirting Fiji when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at 2:55 p.m. (1:55 Universal Time) on January 9, 2014. The storm had winds of 85 knots (157 kph or 98 mph), making it the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that Ian would intensify over the next 24 hours as it moved east and south toward Tonga.

  1. References

  2. Australia News Network (2013, January 9) Cyclone Ian approaching Tonga with ‘catastrophic’ winds. Accessed January 9, 2014.
  3. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (2014, January 9) Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian) warning #8 issued at 09/0900Z. Accessed January 9, 2014.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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Aqua - MODIS

Tropical Cyclone Ian

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