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Hurricane Season 2006: Wukong (Pacific)
MODIS image of Tropical Storm Wukong

Tropical Storm Wukong formed in the western Pacific on August 12, 2006, as a tropical depression. Within a day, it had become organized enough to be classified as a tropical storm and earn its name. Wukong is the name of the Monkey King in a Chinese legend, ├ČJourney to the West.├« After 1 a.m. local time on morning of August 18, the storm came ashore on the island of Kyushu at the southern end of the Japanese Islands, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

Wukong had maximum sustained winds of 52 mph 83 km/hr), and was located near the city of Kumamoto at 9 a.m. local time. It was moving north-north west at 6 mph (10 km/hr).

This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on August 16, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. local time (04:30 UTC). Tropical Storm Wukong at the time of this image was a very large system with a well-defined but unstructured ball of clouds. In the large image, which shows a wider area around the storm, clear air is visible around the storm, which is pushing smog and dust-laden air from China to the north and east of the storm system. Tropical Storm Wukong had sustained winds of around 90 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour) near the time of this image, according to the University of Hawaii's Tropical Storm Information Center.

Credit: NASA. Image provided by the NASA Earth Observatory and MODIS Rapid Response team.