Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. Heavy ocean swells and very large waves are forecast to continue to affecting the coast from East Cape to Cape Palliser Monday night (local time), and should gradually ease during Tuesday, according to NZMS.  For updated forecasts from NZMS, visit: http://www.metservice.com/national/home. NASA's GPM Core observatory satellite passed over Pam as the cyclone began pulling away from Vanuatu on the 14th.  The image was taken at 03:51 UTC (2:51 p.m. local time) on March 14, 2015 and showed rain rates within Cyclone Pam observed from GPM's microwave (GMI, in the outer swath) and radar (DPR, inner swath) instruments.  GPM showed that Pam was still a very powerful storm.  A well-defined, closed inner eyewall denoted by the annulus of intense rain rates up to 50 mm/2 inches per hour, is indicative of a well-formed intense cyclonic circulation.  Typically the faster the winds, the more symmetrical the precipitation features around the storm's center.  At that time, Pam's maximum sustained winds were still estimated at 135 knots (~155 mph) by JTWC, putting it near the top of the Saffir-Simpson category 4 scale. Food stocks and water sources were damaged or destroyed; 95% of crops in affected areas were wiped out. Over the next few days, the system gradually developed as it moved southeast, acquiring gale -force winds by 11 February. On March 15 at 02:05 UTC, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam off northern New Zealand as it was becoming an extra-tropical cyclone. Inevitably quick off the mark after Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster were the climate ghouls to claim that this terrible event must have been caused by global warming. Pam continued to grow in size and strength over the next few days, becoming officially recognized as a tropical depression on March 8 and maturing into a tropical cyclone at 5:00 pm local time (7:00 pm New Zealand Daylight Time) on March 9. The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) measures surface winds. Another instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared data on the storm. The precipitation within these tall storms are providing energy called latent heat that drives the circulation of the storm. Flash floods and expansion of river banks possible. 2015 March 14, Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu directly. Infrared data measured cloud top temperatures, and temperatures of the powerful thunderstorms surrounding Pam's eye were as cold as -81F (-61C/210K). Oma intensified to category 2 strength on 13 February and became slow-moving to the northwest of Vanuatu for several days. 2 of 20. Measurements revealed that sustained winds at the surface were as high as 56 mph/90 kph/25 meters per second, near the center and northern quadrant of the storm.Â. Where did Cyclone Fani develop? Posted on March 15, ... Vanuatu wasn’t the only country in the Pacific affected by the cyclone and the accompanying tropical depression that formed in its wake. GPM identified heavy rainfall in excess of 1.4 inches (35.5 mm) per hour in a fragmented bands of thunderstorms north of Pam's center of circulation. The MODIS image showed that the southern band of thunderstorms were over Gaua and Vanua Lava, the largest and second largest of the Banks Islands in Torba Province, Vanuatu. Â, [image-256]RapidScat Eyes Ex-Tropical Cyclone Pam's Winds Near Chatham IslandÂ. The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Cyclone Pam, a massive category 5 cyclone has torn a path of destruction through the small Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu. The GPM satellite showed that Pam was dropping rain at a rate of 133.5 mm (5.26 inches) per hour and thunderstorm tops reached heights over 16.6 km (10.3 miles). When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Pam on March 11 at 22:50 UTC (6:50 p.m. EDT), the MODIS instrument captured visible data on the storm. Rainfall rates associated with Tropical Cyclone Pam as the storm moved southward past New Caledonia and away from Vanuatu at 3:51 Coordinated Universal Time on March 14, 2015. Also, in exposed parts of the east and south of the North Island, south to southwest gales continue Monday night and much of Tuesday.". The International Space Station's RapidScat instrument captured a look at Tropical Cyclone Pam's surface winds. Cyclone Pam was second after Cyclone Zoe in 2002 with a central pressure of 896 hPa on March 14, and high wind speeds at one minute of 270km/h, ten minute 250km/h (similar to cyclones Orsen and Monica). Cyclone Fani formed as a tropical depression in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra. Tropical Cyclone Zoe, in 2002, had 380kmh winds. Pam has tracked south-southwestward at 4 knots (4.6 mph/7.4 kph). 16, 2015 - NASA Sees Extra-Tropical Storm Pam Moving Away from New Zealand. It was centered near 14.7 south latitude and 169.8 east longitude, about 521 nautical miles (200 miles/ 965 km) north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia.  Pam was moving to the south-southeast at 8 knots (9.2 mph/14.8 kph). When the ISS passed over Extra-tropical Cyclone Pam on March 17 RapidScat gathered data on surface winds that showed the strongest winds stretched over the northern quadrant and were near 25 m/s (56 mph/90 kph). Tropical Cyclone Pam. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 and brought strong winds, heavy rains, storm surges, and floods to several island countries—including Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu—as it tracked southward over several days. As of late March 2015, the government of Vanuatu reported 11 deaths, whereas the United Nations attributed 16 deaths to the storm. Once Pam leaves Vanuatu, it is forecast to head to northern New Zealand, where it expected to be an extra-tropical cyclone. Cyclone Pam formed on 6 th March, gradually intensifying to a tropical depression on 8 th March and gaining cyclone status on 9 th March. In its wake it has left the community the huge task of rebuilding wrecked lives. Cyclone Pam originated in the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. Cyclone pam slowly tracked south and grew in intensity as it moved. As it drifted west, it began to strengthen. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cyclone-Pam, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. On March 11 at 0900 UTC (5 a.m. EDT) Tropical Cyclone Pam's (known as 11F in Fiji) maximum sustained winds were near 105 knots (121 mph/194 kph). Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu will run out of food 'in a week' as officials slam aid agencies for wanting 'publicity' National disaster committee deputy chair said the response could have been handled better The cyclone then turned southward, passing the islands of Erromango and Tanna in the early hours of March 14, and its winds later fell to 95–111 miles (about 153–179 km) per hour. The cyclone season runs from December to April when the weather in the region is hot and wet. Thunderstorms wrapped tightly around Pam's center. TRMM is managed by both NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) measures surface winds. Severe tropical Cyclone Pam, which devastated Vanuatu on Saturday, was one of the most intense tropical storms on record and is reported to have caused widespread damage to public infrastructure and housing, with sustained winds of around 250 kilometres an hour near the centre.. At least 3,300 people sought shelter in 37 evacuation centers. Cyclone Pam had the wind peak at 155 miles per hour in the other day. At the center of a mature Tropical Cyclone, air sinks rather than rises. Many of the more than 60 inhabited islands remain cut off. 17, 2015 - NASA Sees Vanuatu 4 Days After Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Vanuatu on March 16 at 23:05 UTC (7:05 p.m. EDT).Â, Rob Gutro 30, 5:10 p.m. EDT *** Supplies reach remote Temotu Province; children set to return to school. The cyclone formed off the Solomons last week, where it washed dozens of passengers from an inter-island ferry into the sea. The phenomenon of twin tropical cyclones happened in the Pacific as recently as 2015, as noted by NOAA, with Cyclone Pam in the Southern Hemisphere and … Pam was centered near 18.3 south latitude and 168.9 east longitude. It reached Category 5 on Saffir-Simpson Scale. Map of the path of Cyclone Pam, which menaced Vanuatu and other tropical countries in the South Pacific Ocean during March 9–17, 2015. A wide band of fragmented thunderstorms in the northern and western quadrants of the storm were wrapping into the center from the north.  Another thick, fragmented band of thunderstorms curved from the east to the south and west, where it wrapped into the center of circulation. The AIRS data was made into an image at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Mar. The tropical cyclone made its way southward between Vanuatu and Fiji and continued to intensify, growing into a category 2 storm on March 10 and a category 4 storm by the early morning of March 12. Heaviest rain was falling at 50 mm per hour (red). It reached Category 5 on Saffir-Simpson Scale. A meteorologist needs to determine the best model for a particular data set. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii first tracked the developing storm on April 26. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. For updated warnings in Vanuatu, visit: http://www.meteo.gov.vu/TropicalCyclones/Warning/tabid/172/Default.aspx. The GPM or Global Precipitation Mission's Core Observatory flew over Pam on March 9, 2015 at 0501 UTC (1:01 a.m. EDT). RapidScat measured maximum sustained winds near 25 meters per second /56 mph/90 kph, west and south of the center. On Mar. The system initially tracked in an eastwards direction and formed into a tropical cyclone near Vanuatu late on 12 February. Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold was a very powerful tropical cyclone which caused widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga during April 2020. On March 10, TRMM saw thunderstorms northwest of the Santa Cruz Islands was dropping rain at a rate of over 158 mm (6.2 inches) per hour and cloud tops reached heights above 16 km (9.9 miles). For cyclones to occur and develop, the sea temperature must be 27°C for several weeks prior. The storm has killed many people and caused heavy damage. Image of Tropical Cyclone Pam taken on March 15, 2015, at 2:05 Coordinated Universal Time. The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Fast facts: Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. The energy created from the thunderstorms can then add to the whole system and a tropical cyclone will form. TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) showed that heavy rainfall from Pam covered a large area of the South Pacific Ocean near the Santa Cruz Islands. In Vanuatu, a tropical cyclone warning is in effect for the provinces of Torba, Penama, Sanma and Malampa. Imagine a tall chimney where all the energy comes into the base and gets sucked up to the top. GPM identified heavy rainfall in excess of 1.4 inches per hour in a fragmented bands of thunderstorms north of Tropical Cyclone Pam's center on March 9 at 05:01 UTC (1:01 a.m. EST). Pam damaged housing and infrastructure in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and New Zealand. Few people, however, lost their lives as a direct result of the storm. The JTWC forecast takes Pam between the island of Fiji and New Caledonia over the next four days. Cyclone Pam originated in the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. A lot of energy gathers in one place, which often results in thunderstorms. The latest estimates suggest that up to 24 people have died. Storm-force winds up to 120 kph (74.5 mph) are expected to continue affecting Sanma and Torba provinces today, but those winds will be decreasing as Pam moves southward. On March 17, RapidScat showed Pam's strongest winds stretched over the northern quadrant and were near 25 m/s (56 mph/90 kph). The TRMM satellite had a good look at Cyclone Pam on March 10, 2015 at 1127 UTC 7:27 a.m. EDT) when maximum sustained winds were estimated at 80 knots (92 mph). Pam was moving to the southeast at 3 knots (3.4 mph/5.5 kph). Rainfall from GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) showed that Pam was dropping rain at a rate of 133.5 mm (5.26 inches) per hour. However, a warning remains in force for heavy rain about the ranges of Hawkes Bay until early Tuesday morning. In Vanuatu a tropical cyclone warning is in effect for Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces. Mar. People in these affected areas are advised to take extra precautions, especially those areas close to river banks and in low lying areas. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. The "easterly swell 4 meters and southwest swell rising to 7 meters. About 166,000 people required immediate food aid. By March 17, Pam had already moved past northern New Zealand and had become an extra-tropical cyclone. Category 5 Cyclone Pam was the most intense tropical cyclone in the southern hemisphere in 2015 and the second most intense tropical cyclone ever in the South Pacific basin. *** Cyclone Pam Update: Mar. It is the second most intense storm according to pressure, after Cyclone Zoe in 2002. Oma intensified to category 2 strength on 13 February and became slow-moving to the northwest of Vanuatu for several days. Satellite data analysis, however, suggested that Cyclone Pam’s central pressure may have fallen as low as 879 millibars at that time. It transfers its energy to the cloud system. 11, 2015 - TRMM Sees Large and More Powerful Cyclone Pam, Warnings Posted. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Pam as it continued intensifying in the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured an image of the storm's 20 nautical mile-wide, cloud-filled eye. Pam was one of the worst Pacific Ocean storms in history. RapidScat revealed sustained winds over 30 meters per second (108 kph/67 mph) were still occurring southeast of the center. [image-157]NASA Sees a Colorful Sea in Cyclone Pam's Wake. GPM is managed by both NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. A twin disturbance formed... 750km east of the Solomon Islands. Cyclones form with a combination of very warm sea surface temperatures and the right type of outflow. Tropical Cyclone Pam, a massive storm with winds up to 185 mph and torrential rain, battered the nation of Vanuatu on Friday, causing “complete devastation” to the island chain in the South Pacific. Cyclone Pam is a 2015 Pacific Ocean tropical cyclone. NASA's Aqua satellite and the ISS-RapidScat instrument provided a look at the storm's structure and wind speed. Cyclone Pam was about 400 km east of Gisborne and moving to the southeast away from New Zealand and towards the Chatham Islands. Cyclone pam slowly tracked south and grew in intensity as it moved. The cyclone formed earlier than expected but continues on the forecast south-westerly track. The storm caused major devastation in Vanuatu. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. To illustrate, Cyclone Evan in 2012 was estimated to have caused damage equal to approximately 30 percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). On March 10 (11 p.m. local time), the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) issued a Severe Weather Warning Bulletin for the Northern Islands of Vanuatu. An area of low air pressure is formed. JTWC expects Pam's winds to strengthen to about 140 knots (161.1 mph/259.3 kph) in the next couple of days as it continues in a southerly direction through the Southern Pacific Ocean. Pam was classed as a category 5 cyclone - the most severe - when it hit Vanuatu with wind gusts of up to 320kmh. In the 3-D image, very powerful thunderstorms measured by GPM's Radar (Ku Band) reached heights of over 16.6 km (10.3 miles). Aqua saw the eye of the major hurricane just to the east of Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as a Category 5 storm on March 13 and 14, 2015. The walls of the cyclone are totally different. It is the second most intense storm according to pressure, after Cyclone Zoe in 2002. One of Pam's intense feeder (thunderstorm) bands northwest of the islands was dropping rain at a rate of over 158 mm (6.2 inches) per hour. RapidScat revealed sustained winds over 30 meters per second/108 kph/67 mph (in red) were still occurring southeast of Pam's center on March 16. The eye of the intensifying tropical cyclone was shown passing to the east of the Santa Cruz Islands. Tuvalu was damaged by the storm of Cyclone Pam. NASA research has shown that thunderstorms with cloud tops that cold, and that high into the atmosphere have the ability to drop heavy rainfall. The bulletin included a Severe Weather Watch for Wellington that is valid through 8:35 p.m. local time on Tuesday, March 17. For updated forecasts for New Zealand, visit: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-watch. Heaviest rain was falling at 50 mm per hour (red). Join Emergency 365 as a monthly donor today. Pam formed earlier in the day in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati have all suffered serious damage this week. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew overhead and found some heavy rain occurring when it measured rainfall rates within the intensifying storm. Super Cyclone Pam (2015) formed in the central tropical Pacific under conditions that included El Niño Modoki and the passage of a convectively enhanced phase of the Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO) in the western Pacific. Red indicates strongest winds. At the time of the image, Pam was moving through the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu was southwest of the storm. As one of the strongest cyclones every recorded in the South Pacific Ocean, Cyclone Pam devastated the island archipelago of Vanuatu. On March 15 at 02:05 UTC, the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam off northern New Zealand as it was becoming an extra-tropical cyclone. Measurements from aircraft revealed that Cyclone Pam’s atmospheric pressure reached its lowest point (a condition that typically indicates the strongest winds) by 1 pm on March 14, declining to 896 millibars. The storm caused immense, widespread damage with the islands of Erromango and Tanna suffering a direct hit.  Although damage is still being assessed, the number of reported fatalities fortunately has been rather low at 11  considering the power of the storm. The response to Tropical Cyclone Pam tested all areas and levels of emergency response, including legislation, governance, policy and planning, community That puts the center about 302 nautical miles (347.5 miles/559.3 km) north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, has tracked south-southwestward at 8 knots (9.2 mph/14.8 kph). It was given the designation “TD11F” by the Fiji Meteorological Service on March 6, 2015. Cloud in Pam's southern quadrant had reached northern New Zealand at that time. According to the Vanuatu Meteorological Services on March 13 (March 14 at 1:02 a.m. VUT Vanuatu local time) hurricane force winds of 255 kph (158.4 mph) were affecting the Shefa, Malampa and Penama provinces and slowly extending to the Tafea province. On March 16, after Pam made its transition to an extra-tropical storm, RapidScat gathered surface wind data on the storm from 2:20 to 3:45 UTC (March 15 from 8:20 to 11:45 p.m. EDT). The VMGD forecast noted: Heavy rainfall expected to affect Torba, Sanma and Penama. [image-143]TRMM and GPM are joint missions between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA. Facts about Cyclone Pam 8: Tuvalu. In the Solomon Islands, a tropical cyclone warning was in effect today, March 11, for Temotu, Malaita and Makira provinces. Oxfam has a team based in the country and is ready to respond to support the people of Vanuatu. Background Cyclone Pam initially formed on the 6th of March 2015 and strengthened into a category 5 cyclone on the 12th. •At 9am, on the 11th of March 2015, the firstwarning on TC PAM was issued for the Northern provinces as the system was 425 KM NE of Gaua which at that time, TC Pam had moved into the Vanuatu’s Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. By the morning of March 12, Pam had turned south-southwest on a path toward the island of Éfaté, on which is Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite saw powerful towering thunderstorms in Tropical Cyclone Pam, indicating the storm was strengthening as it moved through the Solomon Islands. Shortly after the storm passed over Tuvalu, the country’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, declared a state of emergency, noting that 45 percent of Tuvalu’s 9,900 people were displaced by the storm, many because of storm surges and flooding, which damaged homes, contaminated drinking water, and killed livestock. The Southern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Pam was a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead. SSAI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mar. The NZMS noted that Cyclone Pam was moving to the southeast but southerly gales for the east and south of the north island will be slow to subside. In the Solomon Islands a tropical cyclone warming remained in effect for the Temotu province, and a tropical cyclone watch was in effect for the remaining provinces. The image showed a thick band of powerful thunderstorms wrapped around the eye of the storm. Pam's wide eye just east of Vanuatu's islands and thunderstorms wrapped tightly around the center. Warnings and watches remain in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand. Pam continued to weaken while moving in a southerly direction on March 18 through the southern Pacific Ocean. Pam's forecast to track calls for the tropical cyclone to move southwards and pass east of the country during Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. Pam was also generating dangerous seas and high swells along the coastlines in the Solomon Islands. Tropical cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons form when convection causes warm, moist air above the ocean to rise. Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on the evening of 13 March causing widespread destruction … Other countries in the region were significantly damaged but fared better than Vanuatu. Strong monsoonal winds developed in late February, the case alleges, and Cyclone Pam formed on March 6, four days before the cruise ship's departure. Category one is the lowest and category five, with wind speeds of 280ks an hour or more is the highest. It was centered near 11.2 south latitude and 169.7 east longitude, about 653 nautical miles (751.5 miles/ 1,209 km) northwest of Suva, Fiji. Most of the deaths and destruction were caused by a 12-foot high tidal wave that formed during the storm. The cyclone is expected to head south towards New Zealand and then curve to the east. And it's these wind speeds that help experts classify cyclones. Poor visibility in heavy rain at times. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. These clouds are continuously fed by more hot air from the surface to add to their energy levels. From its orbit in space, the GPM satellite has the ability to measure the rates in which rain is falling in storms. The warm and moist air that rises from the surface of the ocean forms clouds that continue to spin and expand in size. The abrupt onset of our easterly swell-season over the past few days probably hasn’t exactly produced the surfing goods you might have been dreaming of when the deepening trough appeared on the forecast charts earlier this month.. After striking Vanuatu, Pam continued southeasterly and declined in intensity. Warm air then rapidly rises, creating low pressure. The storm also damaged hundreds of homes in Kiribati, especially on the islands of Arorae and Tamana, and damaged the primary causeway in the Tarawa Atoll connecting Betio island with Bairiki. The data was made into an image at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. During the early hours of March 13, as Pam approached the eastern shore of Éfaté with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles (270 km) per hour, it was reclassified as a category 5 cyclone by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The impact of Cyclone Pam on future economic output is less clear. On March 17 (or 12:17 a.m. local time, March 18), the New Zealand Meteorlogical Service bulletin stated "Ex Tropical Cyclone Pam lies southeast of the Chatham Islands today, leaving a south to southwest flow over New Zealand. Tropical Cyclone Pam was the last Severe Tropical Cyclone to hit Vanuatu, in 2015, according to Steven Bowen, a meteorologist who works for … That's just 45 km (28 miles) east of Port Vila and 105 km (65.2 miles) north northwest of Erromango, Vanuatu. The formation of cyclones occurs in four stages including formative, immature cyclone, mature cyclone and decay stage. Strong monsoonal winds developed in late February, the case alleges, and Cyclone Pam formed on March 6, four days before the cruise ship's departure. On March 12 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) Tropical cyclone Pam's maximum sustained winds were near 135 knots (155.4 mph/250 kph) making it a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The forecast then calls for Pam to become extra-tropical when it passes northeast of New Zealand. Additional warnings are also in effect in New Zealand as Pam continues to head south. He serves currently as the editor of Earth and life sciences, covering climatology, geology, zoology, and other topics that relate to... An overview of Cyclone Pam and its effect on Vanuatu. It was given the designation “TD11F” by the Fiji Meteorological Service on March 6, 2015. The warm and moist air that rises from the surface of the ocean forms clouds that continue to spin and expand in size. The cloud of blue is a sign of Tropical Cyclone Pam's passage. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) predicts that Pam will be increasingly powerful and become a dangerous category five tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Important information regarding: Cyclone Pam Issued: 16th March 2015 This advice applies to customers who are concerned about, or whose travel plans are impacted by, Cyclone Pam. 10, 2015 - NASA Looks Inside and Outside of Tropical Cyclone Pam  Â. NASA's Terra satellite provided an outside look at Tropical Cyclone Pam while the RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station provided an inside look at the surface winds generated by the storm. 13, 2015 - NASA Sees Major Tropical Cyclone Pam Near Vanuatu. ‘Particularly difficult is precisely tracking storms … It was centered near 8.5 south latitude and 169.8 east longitude, about 760 nautical miles (874.6 miles/1,408 km) northwest of Nadi, Fiji. Warm air is buoyant as it is lighter. A cyclone is formed when a system of winds moving in circular motion closes in toward an area of the sea with low atmospheric pressure. There are five different categories of cyclone. A ridge moves onto New Zealand on Thursday. Pam's winds reached up to 320km/h. We can expect similar, and probably more significant, damage to have resulted from Cyclone Pam. The Southern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Pam was a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead. The winds died down to 250km/h as it tore through Vanuatu. Cyclones rely on the circulation of Earth, so they form away from the equator. The MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC (7:00 p.m. EDT). 10, 2015, between 15:15 to 16:47 UTC, the International Space Station's  RapidScat instrument showed Tropical Cyclone Pam's strongest maximum sustained winds were near 35 meters per second (78.9 mph/126 kph) north and east of the center of circulation. 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