From: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center
Published October 10, 2017 02:35 PM

NASA Finds Tropical Depression 23W's Strongest Storms in Two Countries

Tropical Depression 23W formed on Monday, Oct. 9 and by Tuesday, Oct. 10 it made landfall in northern Vietnam. NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the depression in infrared light and determined the strongest storms were located in two countries.  

Infrared light provides valuable temperature data to forecasters and cloud top temperatures give clues about highest, coldest, strongest storms within a hurricane.

On Oct. 10 at 2:00 a.m. EDT (0600 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Depression 23W's cloud top temperatures in infrared light. MODIS found cloud top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms over northwestern Vietnam and northeastern Laos. Temperatures in some of those storms were as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.2 Celsius). Cloud top temperatures that cold indicate strong storms that have the capability to create heavy rain.

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Image: On Oct. 10 at 2:00 a.m. EDT (0600 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite found top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms (yellow) over northwestern Vietnam and northeastern Laos. Temperatures were as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.2 Celsius).

Credits: NRL / NASA

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