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Hurricane Season 2009: Tropical Depression 90S (Southern Indian Ocean)
03.30.09
 
March 30, 2009

Tropical Depression 90S Forms and Eyes the Maluku islands and Bali

satellite image of 90S Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen
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Tropical Depression 90S formed today in the southern Indian Ocean, and is forecast to head toward the Maluku islands and Bali.

The Maluku Islands are an archipelago in Indonesia. They're also known as the "Spice Islands," and are located west of New Guinea, east of Sulawesi, and north of Timor.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that Tropical Depression (TD) 90S formed about 200 miles north-northwest of Darwin, Australia, near 9.3 degrees south and 129.8 degrees east.

TD 90S appears to be slowing trudging westward. The depression is then expected to move west-northwest toward the Maluku Islands and Bali. Severe weather warnings have already been posted for East Nusatenggara, the Maluku and South Sulawesi. The storm is expected to strengthen in the next day or two.

NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of TD 90S on Mar. 30 at 05:29 UTC (1:29 a.m. EDT). The round area of clouds on the left side of this image is the tropical depression.

Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center