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Hurricane Season 2008: Typhoon Nakri (Eastern Pacific Ocean)
June 02, 2008

Typhoon Nakri Will Stay Away from Japan AIRS image of NakriCredit: NASA JPL
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Typhoon Nakri was a Category One typhoon with sustained winds near 65 knots (75 mph) on Monday, June 2, 2008.

Nakri weakened from the previous day, when its winds were sustained near 80 knots (92 mph). Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the agency responsible for tracking and forecasting the storm, noted that Nakri is already transitioning to an extratropical storm, meaning it’s moving out of the tropics. As is common when storms transition, they speed up, and Nakri is now moving near 21 knots (24 mph).

In addition, Nakri is expected to continue to weaken, as wind shear increases (winds that tear a storm apart), and Nakri moves into cooler waters.

At 15:00 Zulu Time (11:00 a.m. EDT) on June 2, Nakri was located 455 nautical miles south-southwest of Tokyo, Japan, near latitude 29.2 degrees north, and longitude 137.8 degrees east.

Nakri is expected to stay away from the main island of Japan and curve to the northeast, then east into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

This infrared image of Nakri was created on June 2 at 4:23 UTC (12:23 a.m. EDT) by data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), an instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

This AIRS image shows the temperature of the cloud tops or the surface of the Earth in cloud-free regions. The lowest temperatures (in purple) are associated with high, cold cloud tops that make up the top of Nakri (shown as the circular purple area on this satellite image). The small white dot in the middle of the purple area is Nakri’s eye.

The infrared signal of the AIRS instrument does not penetrate through clouds. Where there are no clouds the AIRS instrument reads the infrared signal from the surface of the Earth, revealing warmer temperatures (red). Text credit: Rob Gutro/Goddard Space Flight Center

May 29, 2008

Typhoon Nakri Swirls in Eastern Pacific

Image of Typhoon Nakri Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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Typhoon Nakri was swirling in the eastern Pacific Ocean as a powerful Category 4 storm when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite viewed it on May 29, 2008. The storm had sustained wind speeds of 230 kilometers per hour (145 miles per hour), making it a super typhoon, according to the University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm Information Center.

MODIS shows the storm with a clear, but irregularly shaped eye, which is not expected to hold together, lessening the power of the storm. As of May 29, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center was projecting that the super typhoon would not maintain its strength for long. High-altitude winds were projected to pull the storm apart, and cooler sea surface temperatures were expected in its path. The typhoon was well away from most land, and forecasters were not expecting it to make landfall.

The high-resolution image provided is at MODIS’ full spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

Text credit: Jesse Allen