Hurricane Season 2006: Shanshan (Pacific)
Typhoon Shanshan formed on September 10 2006, in the western Pacific well off
the coast of the Philippine Islands. Over the course of the next 36 hours, it
grew from a tropical depression to a typhoon. As of September 14, it was
projected to travel northwesterly towards China, but veer off well before
reaching Taiwan, and turn towards the northeast to run parallel to the
coastline, eventually passing through the straits between southern Japan and
the Korean Peninsula. It was not predicted to be coming ashore or strike any
major urban centers, though it might bring high winds and rain to Vladivostok
in Russia on September 19 if predictions held true.
This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on September 14 2006, at 10:25
p.m. local time (02:25 UTC). Shanshan at the time of this image was a
well-defined spiral swirl with a distinct but cloud-filled ("closed") eye.
Shanshan had sustained winds of around 140 kilometers per hour (85 miles per
hour) at the time this satellite image was acquired, according to the The
University of Hawaii's Tropical Storm information center. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided
courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.