NASA infrared imagery shows Chanthu weakening after landfall in southeastern China

Jul 22, 2010
This infrared image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured the high, cold, thunderstorm clouds (purple) located mostly east of Tropical Storm Chanthu's center. This was captured as Chanthu was approaching China on July 21 at 17:53 UTC (1:53 p.m. EDT). That area of strongest convection shifted to the south after landfall. Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

Tropical Storm Chanthu came ashore in southeastern China and continues to move inland. NASA captured both visible and infrared satellite data that showed the storm is weakening in both form and cloud temperatures.

When it was a Typhoon, Chanthu was the third typhoon of the season. It made at Wuchuan City, in southern China's Guangdong Province at around 1:45 p.m. local time on Thursday. At the time of landfall, Chanthu's were reported near 78 mph (126 km) per hour. Potou Town of Zhanjiang City received 3.07 inches (78.2 mm) of rainfall. No casualties or damages have been reported so far.

On July 22 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT/11 p.m. local time China), Chanthu was again a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds near 62 mph (55 knots) and weakening. It was located approximately 45 nautical miles northwest of Zhanjiang, China, near 21.9 North and 109.7 East. It was moving northwest near 10 mph (9 knots).

NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured of Chanthu, and indicated that the system has begun to weaken due to land Interaction. The infrared imagery shows lower (less cold) cloud tops, indicating weakening convection. Chanthu's low-level circulation center has also now become partially-exposed. shows that the deep convection is limited to the southern area around the center.

In addition to AIRS, the (MODIS) instrument that flies on NASA's captured a visible image of Chanthu at 03:25 UTC on July 22 (11:25 a.m. local time/China) just before landfall in southeastern China. The image showed a cloud-filled eye.

Chanthu is being guided around the edge of an elongated area of high pressure as it continues moving inland. It is forecast to continue moving west-northwest and is expected to dissipate in the next 12-24 hours just north of Vietnam.

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