Typhoon Nida makes landfall near Hong Kong • Earth.com

Typhoon Nida makes landfall near Hong Kong

NASA’s Terra satellite flew over Typhoon Nida shortly after it made landfall just north of Hong Kong.

On August 2 at 3:05 UTC (11:05 p.m. EDT August 1) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured a true-color image of Typhoon Nida after it made landfall near Hong Kong, China. At that time the center of circulation was north of Hong Kong and the eye had become cloud-filled. A strong band of thunderstorms extended to the southwest of the center to Hainan Island.

Shortly before this image was captured, at 03:00 UTC on August 2 (11:00 p.m. August 1 EDT) the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued its final bulletin on Typhoon Nida as it was rapidly dissipating over land. By that time, was located about 56 mi (90 km) northwest of Hong Kong, near 22.8 degrees north latitude and 113.5 degrees east longitude. Nida was moving to the west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds were near 74.8 mph (120.4 km/h) making it a minimal Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Winds had peaked at about 92 mph (148 km/h) shortly before landfall. Early on November 21 the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that an area of convection had persisted within a monsoon trough about 880 km, (545 mi) to the southeast of Guam.

At this time the system was moving around the subtropical ridge of pressure, with an anticyclone over the cyclone helping the convection to consolidate over a broad and elongated low level circulation center which was located in an area of minimal vertical wind shear. Later that morning a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert was released as deep convection increased in organization with multiple bands of convection starting to wrap into the developing low level circulation center. The system was then declared as a tropical depression by the JMA later that day before the JTWC followed suit early the next day, who assigned the designation of 26W to the depression. During November 22, the depression remained weak,


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