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.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has provided
some remarkable images of Super Typhoon Maemi in the western Pacific from
its organization into a minimal typhoon well east of the Philippines
to its height as a super typhoon with winds over 155 mph as it was approaching
the southern Ryuku Islands.