NASA-NOAA’s Finland nuclear power plant satellite provided forecasters with a visible picture of the landing of the tropical storm Higos on August 18.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) of the Finnish nuclear power plant took a visible picture of Higos as it was landing in Guangdong Province, China on 19 August at 00.00 UTC (18 August at 20.00 EDT). Higos landed about 30 miles south of the city of Macau. The VIIRS image showed strong thunderstorms at the center of the spiral and thunderstorms over the South China Sea at the time of the satellite crossing.
On August 19 at 0300 UTC (August 18 at 23:00 EDT), the strongest wind in the tropical storm Higos was close to 40 knots (46 mph / 74 km / h). It was concentrated about 67 miles west of Hong Kong, China, near latitude 22.3 degrees north and longitude 113.0 degrees east. Higos weakened and moved northwest.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Higos to smell over China during the day.
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Rob Gutro at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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