NASA observes formation of Tropical Depression 09W

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on June 28 , capturing an image of the newly formed Tropical Depression 09W.

A visible image of Tropical Depression 09W captured by the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite displayed deep and persistent convection, mostly south of the low-level circulation center with limited convection north of the center.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Depression 09W.

The image exposed deep and persistent convection, mostly south of the low-level circulation center with limited convection north of the center.

Tropical Depression 09W’s maximum sustained winds were near 25 knots (28.7 mph/46.3 kph). The center of the storm was located near 20.6 degrees north latitude and 131.2 east longitude, positioned 419 nautical miles south-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

09W has tracked westward at 8 mph (7 knots/13 kph).

USGS studies indicate that damage to coasts depends on the shape of the offshore area, while expanded research shows that storms are also depositional events.

Notably, the impending pacific tropical storm upgrade comes at a time when explosions at Hawaii’s Kilauea summit continue to produce magnitude 5.3 quakes.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast calls for 09W to move on a northwestern track and is then expected to turn to the north. Tropical Depression 09W is expected to become a tropical storm on June 29.