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