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NASA Monitors The Development Of Tropical Cyclone Blanche

Mar 09, 2017 04:55 AM EST

Tropical Cyclone Blanche
(Photo : NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team) NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Blanche over northern Australia on Mar. 6 at 05:15 UTC (12:15 a.m. EST).

Formally forming last Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Blanche makes an appearance near Australia and had a landfall the next day. The said cyclone was captured in action by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Aqua satellite where both visible and infrared images were caught.

In a report in Physics, NASA's Aqua satellite was able to capture the said image through two of its sophisticated instruments. One of it is the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS which is basically the instrument responsible for reading the Tropical Cyclone Blanche in the form of infrared lights. The second instrument, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS, is the one which processed the infrared image into a visual image.

The said AIRS image was captured on March 6 at exactly 05:11 UTC which was followed by the MODIS image around 05:15 UTC. It can be observed in the photo that thunderstorms hover the massive area of Australia which are estimated to have a temperature of -63°F. NASA researchers and experts also imparted in their official statement that storms with this low temperature can actually result to heavy rainfalls.

Apart from the images produced for the Tropical Cyclone Blanche, NASA also recently released on March 8 another image for Tropical Cyclone Enawo. The said cyclone was located in the northeaster part of Madagascar. Both the AIRS and MODIS instruments aboard the Aqua satellite were also utilized to deliver the images for the said cyclone which is even stronger than Blanche.

NASA together with the local weather forecasters in Australia are continuously monitoring the developments on the Tropical Cyclone Blanche since it made a landfall on March 6 on the Kimberley Coast, just 182 nautical miles away from Darwin in Australia. The public was advised to be ready at all times as Tropical Cyclone Blanche is reported to have winds running 34.5 mph which also causes some parts of Australia to have rain showers and heavy rainfall.

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