NASA: Tropical Cyclone Forming Near Madagascar


NASA has revealed a data which shows a tropical cyclone is developing near Madagascar. It’s RapidScat and The Global Precipitation Measurement satellite aboard the International Space Station have provided the data. It shows System 96S, a tropical low pressure area in the Southern Indian Ocean, forming into a concavity.

On the southern side of the storm, the winds were 21 meters per second (46.9 mph/75.6 kph). RapidScat provided the data, which measures surface winds over the ocean. It is a necessary tool for meteorologists. It forecasts about the wind-impact in different quadrants of storms and location with greater impacts, according to a report by

On February 8, System 96S, located between Madagascar and Reunion, was observed by GPM satellite. A GPM’s Microwave Imager showed signs of rainfall. Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) revealed heavy rainfall rate with 3.7 inches/hour.

As per the 3D measurement, few thunderstorms were believed to have reached heights above 15 km. With increasing convective thunderstorms, tropical cyclone could escalate to higher level.

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency manage The Global Precipitation Measurement observatory satellite.

As per the geographical stats, System 96S was placed near 18.8 degrees south latitude and 51.3 degrees east longitude, and 280 nautical miles (322.2 miles/ 518.6 km) west-northwest of La Reunion island, which is located 586 miles (944 km) east of Madagascar, wrote EurekAlert.

According to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), high rising thunderstorms will continue to form over the next 24 hours. Surface winds could reach between 27 to 32 knots and minimum sea level pressure could to be near 1002 millibars.

On January 15, 2015, Tropical Storm Chedza swamped some areas of Madagascar, leaving debris behind,especially in the capital, Antananarivo. The storm passed over the Mozambique Channel on January 15, 2015, which later reached Madagascar. It displaced 9500 lives and destroyed 3000 homes, according to a report by NASA.

It recorded winds near 50 knots (57.5 mph/92.6 kph). It was centred near 20.0 south latitude and 44.2 east longitude, about 650 nautical miles (748 miles/1,204 km) west of St. Denis, La Reunion Island.

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