Cyclone Fani 2019

Start Date

May 8, 2019

Overview

Tropical Storm Fani formed in the Northern Indian Ocean over the weekend of April 27 and 28. 

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 5:22 a.m. Universal Time (10:52 a.m. India Standard Time) on May 1, 2019

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 5:22 a.m. Universal Time (10:52 a.m. India Standard Time) on May 1, 2019. Around the time of the image, the storm had sustained winds of 105 knots (120 miles/190 kilometers per hour). That’s the equivalent of a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted, “Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery reveals significant consolidation in the convective structure and a better idea of the location of the low level circulation center. There is high confidence in the initial position based on an eye feature in a microwave satellite image.”

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Cyclone Fani had maximum sustained winds near 55 knots (63 mph/102 kph). Fani was located near latitude 10.5 degrees north and longitude 86.6 degrees east. That is about 420 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai, India. Fani is moving to the northwest and is forecast to intensify to hurricane strength.

Fani is forecast to make landfall in northeastern India on May 3.

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Latest Updates

May 8, 2019
VIIRS Black Marble imagery of nighttime lights in Bhubaneswar India, comparing April 30th and May 5th 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory, Ranjay Shrestha / NASA GSFC
This interactive GIS map from the NASA Disasters Mapping portal lets you view Suomi NPP VIIRS "Black Marble" imagery before and after Cyclone Fani hit the region. This data helps disaster responders track which regions were affected by power outages.  VIIRS Black Marble imagery of nighttime lights in Bhubaneswar India, comparing April 30th and May 5th 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory, Ranjay Shrestha / NASA GSFC In early May...
May 6, 2019
Temperatures within tropical Cyclone Fani off the coast of India, imaged by NASA's AIRS on May 2, 2019.
AIRS Images Cyclone Fani Before Landfall to Analyze Atmospheric Conditions // GPM IMERG Adds up Rainfall from Cyclone Fani