Super Typhoon Maemi (15W) south of Japan

Super Typhoon Maemi (15W) south of Japan
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The MODIS instrument onboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Maemi located south-southeast of Okinawa, Japan. At the time this image was taken, Maemi was packing sustained winds of 130 mph with gusts to 160 mph.

Maemi is the Korean name for a cicada that legend says chirps madly to warn of a coming typhoon.

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  • Data Date:

    September 9, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    September 9, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration