Typhoon Choi-Wan approaching Japan

Typhoon Choi-Wan approaching Japan
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

This true-color image shows Typhoon Choi-Wan about 490 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japan on September 21, 2003. Though Tokyo was braced for the storm, Choi-Wan turned east to skirt the edge of the island. The news reported little damage from the storm's rains and 78 mile-per-hour winds. “Choi-wan” is Cantonese for “colorful clouds.”

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image.

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  • Data Date:

    September 21, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    September 22, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS


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