Halfway across the globe, tropical cyclone Zane gains strength. The latest images out of NASA show this monster storms as it churns off the coast of Australia.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Zane formed as a tropical storm over the southwestern Pacific Ocean on April 30, 2013, and strengthened into a cyclone the same day. The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 knots and gusts up to 75 knots. The storm was expected to pass over northeastern Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria between May 1 and 3.
NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on April 30, 2013. Zane hovered over the Coral Sea between Papua New Guinea and Australia.
The JTWC forecast that as Zane traveled westward, it would gain strength, reaching sustained wind speeds of 85 knots and gusts of 105 knots around May 1. Afterwards, wind speeds were expected to drop.