NASA Satellite Eyes a Stronger Cyclone Bianca That May Boomerang Back to
Rapid Response Team Tropical Cyclone Bianca appears to have currently cut ties with
as it moves west and away from land, however, forecasters believe it will boomerang southeast toward Western Australia over the weekend. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Bianca and it appeared stronger and more organized now that it is away from the influence of land and headed into the open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean. Perth
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Bianca off the coast of Western Australia on January 28 at 06:30 UTC (1:30 a.m. EST, 2:30 a.m. January 29 Australia/Brisbane local time). Bianca had strengthened since it moved away from the coast and its center was clearly visible in the latest image.
Warnings are posted for coastal areas and coastal waters. There is a Coastal Waters Wind Warning from Mandurah to
. A Strong Wind Warning is also currently in effect from Mandurah to Walpole and from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Leeuwin . Winds are forecast to increase from the east-southeast between 20 and 30 knots (23 mph to 34 mph or 37 km/hr to 55 km/hr) late in the day on Saturday. Rough surf is likely with waves to 2 meters (~6.5 feet). Walpole
At 1800 UTC on January 28, Tropical Cyclone Bianca was located near 26.2 South latitude and 107.7 East longitude. Bianca had maximum sustained winds near 75 knots (86 mph or 138 km/hr.) and is a Category One Cyclone/hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It was moving south-southwest near 13 knots and is expected to turn back toward the southwest.
forecast track takes Bianca back toward a landfall near Joint Typhoon Warning Center in the southwestern part of Perth by Sunday, January 30. Residents around the area of Australia should closely monitor their local forecasts over the weekend. Perth
Text Credit: Rob Gutro