Tropical Cyclone Zoe (06P) northeast of Vanuatu, South Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Zoe (06P) northeast of Vanuatu, South Pacific Ocean
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from December 29, 2002, Tropical Cyclone Zoe was located near 13.0S and 169.9E. The cyclone was moving southeast at about 5 knots and was slowly weakening in intensity. Maximum 10-minute average winds near the centre were estimated at 110 knots.

Zoe has weakened further over the last 6 hours. The eye continues to contract and is beginning to become cloud filled. The cyclone is expected to turn more south-southeast as it is influenced by a mid-level subtropical ridge to the southwest.

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  • Data Date:

    December 29, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    December 30, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration