This beautiful yet still terrifying image of Tropical Cyclone Carlos, off the western coast of Australia, was taken by the The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite around 2:15 p.m. local time on February 24, 2011.
According to the United State Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Carlos strengthened after moving back over the ocean on February 24. The JTWC then reported, as of 11:00 p.m. Western Australia time on February 24, Carlos was located roughly 340 nautical miles (630 kilometers) west-southwest of Learmonth. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 80 knots (150 kilometers per hour).
Carlos had been forecast to intensify after traveling away from land, but the storm did so faster than expected. As a result, the forecast for Carlos changed, the JTWC reported. Forecasters anticipated that it would remain strong despite less favorable conditions, and would weaken more slowly than originally predicted.
Source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video