Tropical Cyclone Larry
Tropical Cyclone Larry formed off the northeastern coast of Australia on March 18, 2006, but built strength rapidly. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra satellite observed the storm at 11:55 a.m. Eastern Australian Daylight Time (00:55 UTC) on March 19, 2006, only a day later, Larry had already reached considerable size and power, with peak sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour. Within the next eighteen hours, sustained winds reached 185 km/hr, just before the storm came ashore. It lost power over land.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.