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NASA Satellite Catches Last Glimpse of Kofi as a Tropical Cyclone

05.03.2014

Tropical Cyclone Kofi was becoming an extra-tropical storm on March 3 and NASA's Terra satellite captured its last hours as a tropical system.


NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Kofi in the South Pacific Ocean on March 3 at 21:50 UTC before it made the total transition into an extra-tropical storm.

Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS for short captured an image of Tropical Cyclone Kofi in the South Pacific Ocean on March 3 at 21:50 UTC before it made the total transition into an extra-tropical storm.

MODIS is one of the instruments that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite. The MODIS image showed that despite transitioning, Kofi still had good circulation.

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The highest and strongest thunderstorms appeared around the center of circulation and in a band west of the center.

Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC issued their final warning on Kofi on March 3 at 2100 UTC/4 p.m. EST.

At that time, Kofi was centered near 30.5 south latitude and 164.3 west longitude, about 1,034 nautical miles/1,190 miles/1,915 km south-southeast of Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Kofi had almost completed extra-tropical transitioning and was speeding to the east-southeast at 28 knots/32.2 mph/51.8 kph.

Kofi's maximum sustained winds were near 40 knots/46.0 mph/74.0 kph. JTWC expects Kofi to complete transition into an extra-tropical storm on March 4 and weaken over the coming days.

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

Rob Gutro | EurekAlert!

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