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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Fri, 16.04.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 16 April 2021
April 16, 2021 - Tropical Cyclone Surigae north of Babelthuap, Palau


Tropical Storm Surigae

On April 15, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of
strengthening Tropical Cyclone Surigae brushing the Republic of Palau.
At the time the image was acquired, the storm’s large, cloud-filled eye
was northeast of Babelthuap, the largest island in Palau. While the
island archipelago of Palau will see heavy rain and storm surge, the
center of Surigae is expected to pass north of Palau. As of the evening
on April 15, early reports from northern Palau

Tropical Cyclone Surigae (also known as Bising in the Philippines)
formed in the West Pacific Ocean south of the island of Woleai,
Micronesia on April 12. At 11:00 p.m. EST April 15 (0300 UTC April 16),
the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that the storm was located
about 48 miles (77 km) north of Kayangel, the northernmost state in
Palau and was tracking west-northwestward. Surigae was carrying
one-minute sustained winds of 86 mph (138 km/h), raising it to typhoon
status (Philippines) and placing it as equivalent to a Category 1 storm
on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Typhoon Surigae is expected to make a strong run towards the
Philippines as it continues to strengthen, eventually peaking at about
138 mph (206 km/h) or the equivalent of a Category 4 storm on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This peak is likely to occur on
April 19, near the time Typhoon Surigae makes its closest approach to
the Philippines. On or near that day, the storm is forecast to recurve
and move away from the Philippines and towards open ocean.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 4/15/2021
Resolutions: 1km (488.3 KB), 500m (1.5 MB), 250m (4.4 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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