NASA-NOAA’s Finland nuclear power plant satellite passed over Typhoon Gon and collected infrared data that helped identify the strongest part of the storm in the south and east.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NASA-NOAA’s Finland satellite took an infrared image of Goni on August 18 at 4.18 UTC (12.18 EDT), showing the strongest thunderstorms and the coldest cloud temperatures (near -63F / -53C) were eastern. and in the south.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center found that the animated enhanced infrared satellite images showed a slight warming of the convective tops, meaning they did not reach such a high level as a result of a weakened rise or push into the troposphere. Otherwise, the system has retained the general convective signature with tightly curved strips wrapped to a 15-mile diameter.
At 1500 UTC (11 am EDT) on August 18, Typhoon Gon winds peaked at close to 100 knots (115.1 mph / 185.2 km / h). Gon is not expected to strengthen further.
It was concentrated near latitude 18.8 north and longitude 132.1 east, about 546 miles (628 miles / 1011 km) east-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Goni moved west at 16 knots (18.4 mph / 29.6 km / h).
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Goni to approach and bypass north of Luzon in the Philippines on August 20 and 21 before approaching Taiwan from the southeast.
NASA’s GPM looks at the Typhoon Goni inside the GPM image of Goni
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