Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
In mid-December 2008, the Pacific Ocean brewed up a tropical storm that strengthened into Typhoon Dolphin on December 15. Located several hundred kilometers east of the Philippines, the storm was not expected to pose a major threat to land. This natural-color image of Typhoon Dolphin was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on December 16, 2008. The storm had a closed (cloud-filled) eye, and a thick cluster of thunderstorm clouds occupied the northeast quadrant.
Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.