Typhoon Talim was a weakening typhoon in the Taiwan Straits when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 12:50 p.m. Tapei time on September 1, 2005. It had sustained winds of around 120 kilometers an hour (70 miles per hour). The typhoon was predicted to weaken to a tropical storm in the hours immediately after this image was acquired.
The outer edge of the storm started to rain onto Taiwan on August 31, where it brought down very heavy rains throughout the eastern portions of the island. It is the 13th named storm of the Pacific typhoon season, which has seen a record number of storms, and in particular, super typhoons.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.