NASA-NOAA’s Finland nuclear power plant satellite needed three orbits to see all of the Super Typhoon Hagibis
NASA-NOAA’s Finland Nuclear Power Plant satellite provided predictors with a viewable image of the very large Super Typhoon Hagibis in the Northwest Pacific on October 10. At the Finnish nuclear power plant, it took three orbits to take pictures to show the whole storm, revealing its impressive structure.
Visible images from NASA satellites will help forecasters understand whether the storm is organizing or weakening due to changes in its structure. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) at the Finnish Nuclear Power Plant provided three visible images of the Hagibis on 10 October. These images had to be sewn together to show the entire storm in NASA’s worldview, the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)) data product at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC), the NHC announced that the center of Super Typhoon Hagibis was located near 24.4 degrees north latitude and 139.4 degrees east. Hagibis is about 560 km south of Yokosuka, Japan. The Hagibis moves from northwest to north. The maximum continuous wind is close to 251 km / 140 knots and gusts more.
Hagibis is still at its peak as a Class 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The system will continue to the northwest as the Japanese approach weakens. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center stated, “Hagibis will make a quick landing near Yokosuka via Sagami wan shortly after 48 hours (10:00 a.m. (10:00 UTC) on October 10) before heading back to the Pacific.”
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