Tropical Cyclone Kalunde
March 16, 2003
The satellite image above shows the unmistakable spiral bands of a powerful oceanic storm; Tropical Cyclone Kalunde churning in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. At the time this infrared image was captured by the GOES satellite, which orbits 22,000 (35,200 km) miles above the Equator, Kalunde was a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It was moving southwestward with sustained winds of 110 knots and gusts to 125 knots.