At 12:40 p.m. local time (09:40 Universal Time) on November 2, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Cyclone Chapala over the Gulf of Aden. When the image was acquired, the storm’s maximum sustained winds were 105 knots (120 miles or 195 kilometers per hour)—the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane.
According to news reports, the storm is expected to make landfall southwest of Al Mukalla, Yemen, in the early morning hours of November 3. Models suggest that by the time of landfall, Chapala will be a category 1 or 2 storm. Substantial amounts or rainfall are expected to overwhelm the typically dry region.
- Capital Weather Gang (2015, November 2) Chapala to make landfall in Yemen as first hurricane-strength cyclone on record. Accessed November 2, 2015, 2015.
- Unisys (2015) Cyclone-4 Chapala. Accessed November 2, 2015, 2015.
- Weather Underground, News & Blogs (2015, November 2) Cyclone Chapala in the Arabian Sea Likely to Be Rare, Destructive Landfall in Yemen. Accessed November 2, 2015, 2015.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
- Aqua - MODIS