Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

NASA Catches Tropical Cyclone Ita Near Papua New Guinea

08.04.2014

The twenty-third tropical cyclone of the Southern Pacific tropical cyclone season has developed near the Solomon Islands and strengthened into Tropical Storm Ita on April 5. NASA satellite imagery showed the center of circulation just southwest of Sudest Island. Sudest is a volcanic island within Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea.


NASA's Terra satellite MODIS instrument captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Ita on April 6. The image shows strong thunderstorms surrounding the tightly-wrapped center of circulation, just southeast of Sudest Island.

Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

On April 5 at 2100 UTC/5:00 p.m. EDT, Ita formed in the Coral Sea, about 599 nautical miles east-northeast of Cairns, Australia, and was moving to the west-southwestward at 5 knots/5.7 mph/9.2 kph. At that time, maximum sustained winds were near 45 knots/51.7 mph/83 kph.

Satellite data on April 5 showed that strong convection (and developing thunderstorms) were along both the southern and eastern quadrants of the newborn storm.

... more about:
»Australia »Cyclone »EDT »Flight »Greenbelt »JTWC »MODIS »NASA »Space »UTC »affecting »knots »satellite »winds

On April 6, when NASA's Terra satellite passed over Ita the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured a visible image of the storm. The image was created by NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The MODIS image showed strong thunderstorms surrounding the tightly-wrapped center of circulation, just southeast of Sudest Island. Bands of thunderstorms were wrapping into the center from the north and east, and from the southwest.

At 1200 UTC/8 a.m. EDT/10 p.m. local time (Brisbane/Australia) on April 7, Tropical Cyclone Ita was located over the northern Coral Sea near latitude 12.1 south and longitude 153.4 east, about 532 nautical miles/612.2 miles/985.3 km northeast of Cairns, Queensland. Maximum sustained winds were near 45 knots/51.7 mph/83.3 kph.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expects Ita to move to the west then southwest over the next several days. JTWC forecasters expect Ita to make landfall in the northeastern Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia around April 11. Currently there are no watches posted yet, but the Australian Bureau of Meteorology noted that Ita could begin affecting the Queensland coast on Wednesday, April 9.

Text credit:  Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Rob Gutro | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.nasa.gov
http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/ita-southern-pacific-ocean/

Further reports about: Australia Cyclone EDT Flight Greenbelt JTWC MODIS NASA Space UTC affecting knots satellite winds

More articles from Earth Sciences:

nachricht Mysterious Midcontinent Rift is a Geological Hybrid
17.10.2014 | Northwestern University

nachricht Journey to the Center of the Earth
17.10.2014 | University of California - Santa Barbara

All articles from Earth Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Battery Conference April 2015 in Aachen

16.10.2014 | Event News

Experts discuss new developments in the field of stem cell research and cell therapy

10.10.2014 | Event News

Zoonoses: Global collaboration is more important than ever

07.10.2014 | Event News

 
Latest News

Alternate approach to traditional CPR saves lives

21.10.2014 | Health and Medicine

Expert highlights research innovation and is optimistic about the future of IBS treatment

21.10.2014 | Health and Medicine

Siemens wins major HVDC order in Canada

20.10.2014 | Press release

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>