The Tropical Cyclone Kenneth satellite image in northern Mozambique from NASA

The NASA cyclone Kenneth satellite image
NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite observed Kenneth at 5:24 p.m. EDT (2142 UTC) on April 24, 2019. On the edge of the pass as it was to the northwest of Comoros. The infrared imagery showed features that are typical of an intense tropical system with overshooting cloud tops and convectively driven tropospheric gravity waves. © NASA/NOAA/ University of Wisconsin - Madison, SSES-CIMSS, William Straka III

Although Mozambique is still recovering from Idai, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall. A satellite which passed over the Southern Indian Ocean captured a satellite image of the cyclone due to cause flooding.

The intense Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on 25 April and is likely the strongest storm on record in northern Mozambique. France’s meteorological agency has warned that around 600-800mm is expected to land in Mozambique over the next few days as a consequence of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth.

The image has been captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

Mozambique has never been hit by back to back storms before, and Tropical Cyclone Kenneth is equivalent to a weak category 4, strong Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

In central Mozambique, the Tropical Cyclone Kenneth caused:

    • Catastrophic flooding;
    • Landslides; and
    • Large numbers of casualties across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

William Straka III, a Researcher at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) created imagery using the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite data, and said: “Kenneth was first observed by Suomi-NPP at 5:24 p.m. EDT (2142 UTC) on the edge of the pass as it was to the northwest of Comoros. The infrared imagery showed features that are typical of an intense tropical system with overshooting cloud tops and convectively driven tropospheric gravity waves.”

Capturing the satellite image

The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument on the NOAA-20 satellite looked at the inner structure of the storm and showed powerful thunderstorms completely surrounded the eye of the storm.

Jonathan Erdman, senior meteorologist for weather.com, noted that there is no record of a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone in Cabo Delgado Province in NOAA’s historical database.

More on the Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

The video below gives further information about the impact of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth on Mozambique.

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