Tropical Cyclone Bondo hits the Seychelles

Tropical Cyclone Bondo hits the Seychelles

20 December 2006 05:45 UTC

Tropical Cyclone Bondo hits the Seychelles
Tropical Cyclone Bondo hits the Seychelles

The Metop-A AVHRR image below shows Tropical Cyclone Bondo, a category 4 tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale, one day before it hit the Farquhar atoll, part of the 115-isle Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

Last Updated

28 April 2022

Published on

20 December 2006

By Jochen Kerkmann and HansPeter Roesli (EUMETSAT)

Thirty-five people were evacuated from this remote atoll, which lies some 800km southwest of the Seychelles' main island, Mahe.

At the time of this image, Bondo had well-defined spiral arms of rain clouds and thunderstorms and a strong and distinct, cloud-filled (or 'closed') eye at its center (see full resolution Metop-A AVHRR channel 01 raw image).

A few days later, on 25 December 2006, two people were killed as now weakened Tropical Cyclone Bondo hit the northern coast of Madagascar and continued to lose strength as it moved southwest across the island (see track of TC Bondo, source: Wikipedia).

 

Tropical Cyclone Bondo hits the Seychelles
Figure 1: Metop-A AVHRR RGB Composite VIS0.6, VIS0.8, IR11.0, 20 December 2006, 05:42 UTC


Additional content

Animation Met-8 Channel 09 (IR10.8, colour enhanced)
(19 December 10:00 UTC–21 December 09:00 UTC)
Met-8 Channel 12 (HRV) (21 December 2006, 06:30 UTC)
Met-8 RGB Composite NIR1.6, VIS0.8, VIS0.6 (21 December 2006, 06:30 UTC)
Metop-A AVHRR RGB Composite VIS0.8, IR3.7, IR11.0 (20 December 2006, 05:42 UTC)