Super Typhoon Maemi
acquired September 10, 2003 download large image (626 KB, JPEG, 1500x1950)

The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Maemi located approximately 400 miles south-southest of Okinawa, Japan. At the time this image was taken, Maemi was packing sustained winds of 172 mph with gusts to 200 mph.

Maemi is the Korean name for a cicada that legend says chirps madly to warn of a coming typhoon.

Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

Instrument(s): 
Terra - MODIS

Super Typhoon Maemi

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