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Hurricane Season 2006: Ewiniar (Western Pacific)
Image of Ewiniar

Typhoon Ewiniar continues to make headlines in the western Pacific. As of Monday, July 10th, approximately 7,600 residents along east China's coast were evacuated and local authorities called ships to harbors as the region braced for the arrival of Typhoon Ewiniar on Monday. The Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Observatory said Ewiniar could bring strong winds of up to 180 kilometers (110 miles) an hour, but would probably not make landfall at Zhejiang.

On July 7, 2006, Typhoon Ewiniar swirled in the western Pacific Ocean offshore of China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. The storm began brewing in the area around the Caroline Islands (southeast of the area shown here) on June 29 and moved northwest, roughly parallel with the Philippines, over the next few days. According to the forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center on July 7, 2006, at 18:00 Zulu time (2:00 a.m., July 8, local time in Manila), the storm had sustained winds of 85 knots (97 mph), with gusts up 105 knots (120 mph). The projected path at that time was for the storm to continue northwest past Taiwan and then to veer northeast to cross the Korean Peninsula as a tropical storm on July 10.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image on July 7, 2006, at 10:10 a.m. local time in Manila (02:10 UTC). In this image, the eye of the storm is approximately 700 kilometers away from Taiwan. The outer edges of the typhoon mingle with other cloud cover in the area, and the typhoon throws off long tendrils toward the south and east. Along the eastern edge of the storm is a sharp cloud boundary. Credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response/Jeff Schmaltz. (+ Click to view a larger version of this image. | + Click here to track the storm online.)

Image of Typhoon Ewiniar

Typhoon Ewiniar formed in the western Pacific on June 29, 2006, a hundred miles south of the Yap Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. The tropical depression gathered power and size as it traveled in a zig-zagging fashion over the next several days, tracking northwest, then east, northwest again, then north. It passed almost directly through the Yap Islands before turning northwest yet again on a projected track towards the southern end of Japan. Fortunately for the island residents, Ewiniar was still a tropical storm during its passage through the island chain. As of July 4, 2006, Typhoon Ewiniar was 880 kilometers (550 miles) northwest of the Yap Islands.

This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on July 4, 2006, at 2:40 p.m. local time (04:40 UTC). The typhoon had a very distinct and clear spiral structure in this image, hinting at its intensity. Most of the islands of the area, including Yap, are hidden under the clouds, though the Philippines are visible well to the stormís west. Sustained winds in the storm system were estimated to be around 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) around the time the image was captured, according to the University of Hawaii's Tropical Storm Information Center. Credit: NASA/Jesse Allen (+ Click to view a larger version of this image.)
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center