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Tropical Cyclone Phet as Seen from Space

Published by Matt on Tue Jun 8, 2010 11:38 am via: Earth Observatory
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Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Cyclone Phet had weakened to a Category 3 storm by the time it came ashore over Oman on June 4, 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this photo-like image of the storm at 10:40 a.m. local time on June 4. By that time, Phet had degraded into a Category 1 storm with winds of about 75 knots (140 kilometers per hour or 86 miles per hour).

Tropical Cyclone Phet as Seen from Space. Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory

Tropical Cyclone Phet as Seen from Space. Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory

The storm’s swirling clouds cover most of northern Oman and all of the Gulf of Oman in this image. Though it is partially over land, the storm maintains a distinctive spiraling shape. In its northward trek over the Arabian Sea, Cyclone Phet gave Oman a glancing blow, cutting across the northeast edge of the country. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the storm would re-emerge over the Gulf of Oman late on June 4 or early June 5, and move east towards Karachi, Pakistan, as a tropical storm.

According to news reports, Phet flooded Oman’s capital city, Masqat, but had not caused any casualties as of June 4.

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