NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Typhoon Parma headed westward over the Pacific Ocean, en route to the northern Philippines on September 30, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image the same day. Parma’s eye appears in the right half of this image, and the storm appears to throw long arms toward the northwestwest.
A September 30 report from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center stated that Parma had maximum sustained winds of 75 knots (roughly 140 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 90 knots (almost 170 kilometers per hour). The storm was expected to overlap the northern Philippines, already reeling from the worst floods in decades brought by Tropical Storm Ketsana.
- Joint Typhoon Warning Center. (2009, September 30). Typhoon 19W (Parma) Warning. U.S. Naval Marine Forecast Center. Accessed September 29, 2009.
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