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Tropical Storm 22S
April 4, 2014

NASA Sees Tropical Storm 22S Come Together

[image-51]Tropical Storm 22S came together on April 4 during the afternoon hours (Eastern Daylight Time/U.S.) in the Southern Indian Ocean as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard Aqua provided a visible look at the tropical low pressure area formerly identified as System 96S. The MODIS image showed a large band of thunderstorms from the southern quadrant sweeping around the western side of circulation into the center from the north.

At 1500 UTC/11 a.m. EDT on April 4, Tropical Storm 22S had maximum sustained winds near 35 knots/40 mph/62 kph. It was centered about 699 nautical miles southeast of Diego Garcia, near 16.6 south and 79.4 east. 22S was moving to the south at 11 knots. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects 22S to intensify slightly as it moves south over the next three days, by which time it is expected to have become extra-tropical.

Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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 NASA Aqua satellite image of Tropical Storm 22S on April 4
This NASA Aqua satellite image of Tropical Storm 22S on April 4 shows a large band of thunderstorms from the southern quadrant sweeping around the western side of circulation into the center from the north. Credit: NRL/NASA
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