Tropical Storm

Monitoring Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness

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Free webinar from the Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) programme at NASA to identify remote sensing data and tools relevant to tropical storms, monitor conditions before, during, and after a storm using remote sensing data, understand how remote sensing data can be used in decision-making activities.





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Tropical Storm Earl in Central America

Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.

On the 2nd of August 2016 the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured an image of tropical storm Earl. This tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea already reached Belize, Central America, with winds up to 128km per hour and heavy rainfall. Most of the country was reported lacking electricity and the international airport in Belize City was closed.


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Sat, 06/08/2016 - 03:49

Tropical Storm remains active in eastern Pacific

Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) family satellites from the National Weather Service (NWS) of the United-States captured some space-bases images of a tropical storm called Howard operating in the northeast part of the Pacific Ocean. 

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Wed, 03/08/2016 - 08:34

NASA’s RapidScat to measure Tropical Storm Claudette

Tropical Storm Claudette measured by RapidScat (Image: NASA)

The third Atlantic Tropical Storm of the season, Claudette, has been monitored by the RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station.


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Wed, 15/07/2015 - 15:45

International Charter activated for Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Map showing potentially damaged zones in western Tanna Island, Vanuatu (Image: UNITAR/UNOSAT)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to support response efforts in Vanutua with satellite-based maps. Vanuatu was heavily affected by Cyclone Pam on 13 and 14 March 2015 causing huge devastation. The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. UNITAR/UNOSAT has already produced and made available several maps, which can be downloaded from the International Charter's website.


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Wed, 18/03/2015 - 08:41

NASA tracks tropical Cyclone Jack to its end

satellite tracks precipitation and rainfall rates

Tropical Cyclone Jack lost power yesterday, 22 April 2014, and is no longer on the scale of tropical cyclones. However, NASA’s TRMM satellite took one last look at the storm yesterday.

The TRMM satellite is co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA. The satellite mission flew twice over the storm and delivered data about rainfall and precipitation rates. The TRMM’s Microwave Imager and Precipitation Radar were used to create this image.

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Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:55

Tropical cyclone season over the Atlantic and typhoon season over the Pacific in 2013

Typhoons in East Asia in 2013
Storms over the Atlantic 2013

The season over the Atlantic Ocean was considerably quieter than the typhoon season over the Western Pacific Ocean.

New maps posted on the NASA Earth observatory website show the tracks and intensity of the tropical storms in both basins this year.

In the Atlantic occurred just 13 tropical storms, none of them developed to major hurricanes, for the first time since 1994. It was one of the least active seasons of the last 60 years. The strong outbreaks of dry and stable air that originated over Africa could be a good explanation for this low activity.


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Mon, 09/12/2013 - 15:00

NASA satellites capture Tropical Storm Chantal over the Atlantic

Heavy rainfall and towering thunderstorms brought by Tropical Storm Chantal

Two NASA satellites have recently captured images of the Tropical Storm Chantal over the Atlantic Ocean revealing heavy rainfall and powerful thunderstorms. On July 8, NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite saw the heaviest rainfall of Tropical Storm happening at a rate of over 115.5 mm (~4.5 inches) per hour near the center of Chantal. In this point, near Chantal's centre, the thunderstorms reached heights of over 15 km (~9.3 miles).

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Wed, 10/07/2013 - 09:50

NASA satellite captures Typhoon Bopha seen from space

In early December 2012, Bopha made landfall in the southern Philippines as a powerful typhoon. Bopha weakened to a tropical storm after passing over the southern Philippines, but regained typhoon strength over the South China Sea on December 7. On December 8, Unisys Weather reported that Bopha was headed back toward the Philippines.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on December 8, when Bopha was situated over the South China Sea, just off the Philippine island of Luzon.


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Wed, 12/12/2012 - 13:43

International Charter activated for Hurricane Sandy

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated twice in the context of Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record. UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA activated the mechanism on 29 October 2012 for Haiti. Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean between 26-28 October, leaving a reported 51 dead in Haiti and another 15 missing. The country's housing and terrain are particularly vulnerable to flooding, and the refugee camps from the 2010 earthquake have also been affected by the storm.


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Tue, 13/11/2012 - 11:27


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