NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Wisconsin Madison/SSEC/CIMSS. Story by Michael Carlowicz. “The damage I saw was very extensive. The surface rain product showed potentially some clear air (no rain) intruding into the circulation. OCHA and partners of the inter-cluster coordination group are currently undertaking a remote assessment of the impact of the typhoon through local partners (OCHA, 19 May 2020). Daily Fire Spots. Workers clear a road of trees and branches toppled by strong winds from typhoon Vongfong as it passes by Sorsogon province, eastern Philippines on Friday May 15, 2020. 01W 2020-05-12 0501Z.jpg 6,400 × 8,000; 5.39 MB. Learn more: Because of the impacts to the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) are also tracking Typhoon Vongfong, which is called Ambo by PAGASA, to assess the impacts on the various islands in the path of the storm. Additionally, the JTWC recorded no tropical cyclone development in the month of July, the first such occurrence since reliable r… Slow start to the 2020 typhoon season. Ben Evardone, remains of a damaged structure lies in Eastern Samar province, eastern Philippines on Friday May 15, 2020. Last Modified: 21:00 May 16, 2020 UTC. Explore open opportunities and connect with the Applied Sciences Program. Typhoon "Vongfong" (Ambo) has weakened into a tropical depression on May 16, 2020, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines' central region. After Tropical Cyclone Vongfong made landfall in the Philippines early on May 14 and began tracking through the country, imagery from NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite showed the storm was weakening. At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on May 14, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted that the center of Vongfong was located near latitude 12.5 degrees north and longitude 124.5 degrees east, about 266 nautical miles east-southeast of Manila, Philippines. Our program areas, projects and initiatives help tackle challenges on our home planet. Vongfong’s center had emerged over water west of Luzon and was dissipating. Crosshairs. A man bled to death after he was hit by glass shards in a school building he was trying to open to take shelter in, Evardone said. Historical imagery is sourced from Microsoft and Esri. Day-Night Line. The higher the cloud top, the stronger the uplift of air in a storm, and usually, the stronger the storm. TYPHOON VONGFONG RAPIDLY INTENSIFIES AS IT SLAMS INTO CORONAVIRUS-HIT PHILIPPINES. On May 16, Philippines warnings were still in effect. Residents ride a boat along a flooded village as typhoon Vongfong passes by Sorsogon province, northeastern Philippines on Friday May 15, 2020. All evacuation centers are currently closed (Govt. Find out how by staying up-to-date on their latest projects and discoveries. With help from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites, our community is making a difference on our home planet. 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Humanitarian situation reports, response plans, news, analyses, evaluations, assessments, maps, infographics and more on Typhoon Vongfong - May 2020 It came ashore as a typhoon and by May 15, it had weakened to a tropical storm. Ben Evardone via AP), National forecast for Saturday, May 16: Storm storms sweep across coastal Texas. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. MODIS found two large areas of powerful thunderstorms north and west of the center of circulation where temperatures were as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 Celsius). Vongfong is known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Ambo. Explore recent images of storms, wildfires, property and more. Storms 2020. Videos and pictures of the devastation sent by Evardone showed several low-slung buildings and sports centers either destroyed or badly damaged with their roofs peeled off or deformed and their iron trusses bent. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of Typhoon Vongfong as it was making landfall in the east central Philippines on May 14. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters is monitoring the situation to identify potential stakeholders and determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support response and recovery for the event, if any. Sign up here. All rights reserved. NASA’s Terra satellite used infrared light to analyze the strength of storms in Vongfong. Storm tracks and forecast maps are created using the most recent data from NHC, JTWC and IBTrACS. Samar is the third largest island in the Philippines, and is located in eastern Visayas region. Storm Tracks. When we use Earth-observing data to illuminate issues and solve challenges, everyone benefits. Coldest cloud top temperatures are indicative of strongest storms because their cloud tops are pushed high into the atmosphere by strong uplift of air.