Another Typhoon Headed Toward Taiwan And China
Last week deadly typhoon Soudelor caused at least 22 deaths in Taiwan and China. The GPM core observatory satellite recently had two good views of intensifying typhoon Goni that formed on August 14, 2015 in the same area of the Pacific Ocean as typhoon Soudelor. Typhoon Goni is forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) to become a very powerful typhoon in the next week while moving along a track similar to typhoon Soudelor. Typhoon Goni could affect the same areas of the western Pacific Ocean. The first image shows a GPM satellite pass over Goni when the tropical cyclone was moving past Guam on August 15, 2015 at 2006Z. The second view is from a GPM pass on August 17, 2015 at 0641 UTC showing typhoon Goni northwest of Guam but now with a very well defined eye. GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI)discovered that strong storms in Goni's eyewall were dropping rain at a rate of over 65 mm (2.6 inches) per hour.