Downgraded to a tropical storm, Parma moved away from the Philippines on October 5, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image the same day. The center of the storm appears midway between Taiwan and Luzon, but to the west of both islands. The northern margin of the storm skirts the coast of China.
According to a report from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued at 15:00 UTC (11:00 p.m. Manila time) on October 5, 2009, Parma was located approximately 330 nautical miles (approximately 610 kilometers) east-southeast of Hong Kong. The storm had sustained winds of 55 knots (roughly 100 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 70 knots (roughly 130 kilometers per hour).
The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ full spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.
Typhoon Parma moved westward across the Pacific Ocean in late September 2009. Parma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it passed over the Philippines, but moved back toward the islands, apparently interacting with Typhoon Melor to the northeast. Parma finally dissipated on October 14.