Typhoon Ketsana (20W), off the Philippine Islands

Typhoon Ketsana (20W), off the Philippine Islands
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Typhoon Ketsana spins north, northeast away from the Philippine Islands in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image captured by the Terra satellite on October 21, 2003, at 1:55 UTC. At the time this image was taken, the storm had sustained winds of 144 miles per hour with gusts to 173 miles per hour, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

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  • Data Date:

    October 21, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    October 21, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS


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