Maysak – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Sep. 02, 2020 – NASA-NOAA Satellite Tracking Typhoon Maysak’s Approach to Landfall

Typhoon Maysak was moving north through the East China Sea early on Sept. 2 when NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the storm approaching landfall in South Korea.

Suomi NPP image of Maysak
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the East China Sea on Sept. 2 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 UTC) and saw Typhoon Maysak headed for landfall in southern South Korea. Credit: NASA/NRL

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of Typhoon Maysak on Sept. 2 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 UTC) and saw Typhoon Maysak headed for landfall in southern South Korea. The image revealed that the eye had again become obscured, and strong thunderstorms circled the center of circulation. The northern quadrant was already moving over South Korea and the eastern quadrant was brushing Kyushu, Japan. Kyushu is the most southern and third largest island of Japan’s five main islands.

On Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Maysak was still a typhoon with maximum sustained winds near 90 knots (104 mph/167 kph). It was located near latitude 33.1 degrees north and longitude 127.9 degrees east, about 134 miles south-southwest of Busan, South Korea. Maysak was moving to the north-northeast.

Maysak is forecast to move north and make landfall later in the day today, west of Busan, South Korea. It will weaken rapidly as it passes over the length of the Korean peninsula and will dissipate over northeastern China.

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By Rob Gutro 
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center