Super Typhoon Lupit
December 03, 2003
Super typhoon Lupit is shown on this infrared GOES satellite image (taken on November 26) located approximately 730 nautical miles (1,170 km) south-southwest of Iwo Jima. It was moving toward the northwest. Maximum wind speeds at the time this image was acquired were in excess of 155 knots (178 mph) -- a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Since the GOES series of satellites orbit over the Earth's equator, this view seems to be looking directly into Lupit's "Cyclops-like" eye. This ominous eye is about 20 nautical miles (32 km) across. Although the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean has ended, the typhoon season is still in full swing in the Pacific Ocean.