Tropical Cyclone Pam has affected an estimated number of 188,000 people more than 80 per cent of the population. Tropical cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons form when convection causes warm, moist air above the ocean to rise. A boy and his father amid the debris of their home that was destroyed by Cyclone Pam in Port-Vila, Vanuatu, March 2015. [image-143]TRMM and GPM are joint missions between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA. Tropical Cyclone Pam was a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale when it affected Vanuatu on March 13. On 10 th March Pam further intensified into a Category 3 cyclone and on 12 th March it became an intense Category 5 storm with maximum wind speed of 270 km/h (165mph) and lowest recorded pressure of 896 mbar.Cyclone Pam remained a Category 5 cyclone for … Facts about Cyclone Pam 7: the peak speed. Aqua saw the eye of the major hurricane just to the east of Vanuatu. SSAI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mar. The image showed Pam's 15 nautical mile (17.2 mile/27.7 km) wide eye just east of Vanuatu's islands. Here's a wrap from around the affected, and soon-to-be affected regions. Background Cyclone Pam initially formed on the 6th of March 2015 and strengthened into a category 5 cyclone on the 12th. Cyclone Pam produced high winds, coastal storm surges, heavy rains, and flooding in the affected countries and was classified for a time as a category 5 storm. Other countries in the region were significantly damaged but fared better than Vanuatu. Another instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared data on the storm. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. The latest estimates suggest that up to 24 people have died. The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Since the CCRIF was formed in 2007, the facility has paid out twelve claims for hurricanes, earthquakes and excess rainfall totalling approximately US$35.6 million to eight member states. 5 of 20. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. On March 16, after Pam made its transition to an extra-tropical storm, RapidScat gathered surface wind data on the storm from 2:20 to 3:45 UTC (March 15 from 8:20 to 11:45 p.m. EDT). The New Zealand Meteorological Service (NZMS) issued a bulletin on Extra-tropical storm Pam on March 16 at 25:35 local time. By the morning of March 12, Pam had turned south-southwest on a path toward the island of Éfaté, on which is Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam had the wind peak at 155 miles per hour in the other day. •At 9am, on the 11th of March 2015, the firstwarning on TC PAM was issued for the Northern provinces as the system was 425 KM NE of Gaua which at that time, TC Pam had moved into the Vanuatu’s Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. The Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati have all suffered serious damage this week. We can expect similar, and probably more significant, damage to have resulted from Cyclone Pam. John P. Rafferty writes about Earth processes and the environment. Mar. The image showed a thick band of powerful thunderstorms wrapped around the eye of the storm. This false-colored infrared image of Category 5 Cyclone Pam shows the small eye just east of Vanuatu, surrounded by very cold cloudtop temperatures indicating powerful thunderstorms (purple). GPM identified heavy rainfall in excess of 1.4 inches per hour in a fragmented bands of thunderstorms north of Tropical Cyclone Pam's center on March 9 at 05:01 UTC (1:01 a.m. EST). It transfers its energy to the cloud system. Cyclones form with a combination of very warm sea surface temperatures and the right type of outflow. The United Nations called Cyclone Pam … "  For updated forecasts,visit: http://www.metservice.com/marine-surf/coastal/chatham-islands, Mar. *** Cyclone Pam Update: Mar. ‘Particularly difficult is precisely tracking storms … Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. Warm air then rapidly rises, creating low pressure. Hurricane-force winds extended 30 nautical miles (34.5 miles/55.5 km) out from the center, while tropical storm force winds extended as far as 170 nautical miles (195.6 miles/314.8 km) making the storm over 340 nautical miles (391.3 miles/629.7 km) in diameter. ... Cyclone Pam in 2015, flattened the capital Port Vila. Pam was classed as a category 5 cyclone - the most severe - when it hit Vanuatu with wind gusts of up to 320kmh. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Mar. Rob Gutro The MODIS image showed that the southern band of thunderstorms were over Gaua and Vanua Lava, the largest and second largest of the Banks Islands in Torba Province, Vanuatu. Red indicates strongest winds. Cyclone Pam. The GPM core satellite provided another inside look at Pam and provided data on where the heavy rainfall was occurring within the storm. 12, 2015 - Tropical Cyclone Pam Gives NASA an Eye-Opening View. No storm-related deaths were reported in other countries. People in these affected areas are advised to take extra precautions, especially those areas close to river banks and in low lying areas. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Pam as it continued intensifying in the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured an image of the storm's 20 nautical mile-wide, cloud-filled eye. In additional to hurricane-force winds, very rough to extremely high seas with heavy swells were affecting the Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces. Vanuatu is bearing the brunt of Pam today. The Southern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Pam was a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead. Heaviest rain was falling at 50 mm per hour (red). The storm caused immense, widespread damage with the islands of Erromango and Tanna suffering a direct hit.  Although damage is still being assessed, the number of reported fatalities fortunately has been rather low at 11  considering the power of the storm. The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) measures surface winds. Cyclone Pam became a category 5 cyclone just as it hit Vanuatu. Steve Lang They begin as a group of storms when the water gets as hot as 80 °F (27 °C) or hotter. Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu... 1 of 20. On March 10 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Pam's maximum sustained winds had increased to 80 knots (92 mph/148.2 kph). The tropical cyclone made its way southward between Vanuatu and Fiji and continued to intensify, growing into a category 2 storm on March 10 and a category 4 storm by the early morning of March 12. Cyclone Pam was about 400 km east of Gisborne and moving to the southeast away from New Zealand and towards the Chatham Islands. The winds died down to 250km/h as it tore through Vanuatu. For updated warnings in Vanuatu, visit: http://www.meteo.gov.vu/TropicalCyclones/Warning/tabid/172/Default.aspx. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 and brought strong winds, heavy rains, storm surges, and floods to several island countries—including Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu—as it tracked southward over several days. Tropical Cyclone Pam will begin extra-tropical transition by Saturday, March 14 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT). Here, the wind is the strongest. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core observatory provided data on rain rates throughout the storm. According to the Vanuatu Meteorological Services on March 13 (March 14 at 1:02 a.m. VUT Vanuatu local time) hurricane force winds of 255 kph (158.4 mph) were affecting the Shefa, Malampa and Penama provinces and slowly extending to the Tafea province. The forecast calls for southwesterly winds to 50 knots (57 mph/92 kph) with high seas easing. Pam has been intensifying over the last couple of days and forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expect it to continue strengthening as it heads past Vanuatu and toward northern New Zealand. Pam continued to weaken while moving in a southerly direction on March 18 through the southern Pacific Ocean. In the Solomon Islands a tropical cyclone warming remained in effect for the Temotu province, and a tropical cyclone watch was in effect for the remaining provinces. Cyclone pam slowly tracked south and grew in intensity as it moved. Food stocks and water sources were damaged or destroyed; 95% of crops in affected areas were wiped out. A meteorologist needs to determine the best model for a particular data set. As it drifted west, it began to strengthen. The MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC (7:00 p.m. EDT). On March 17 (or 12:17 a.m. local time, March 18), the New Zealand Meteorlogical Service bulletin stated "Ex Tropical Cyclone Pam lies southeast of the Chatham Islands today, leaving a south to southwest flow over New Zealand. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Join Emergency 365 as a monthly donor today. Four days after Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu the full extent of the damage is still not known. Cyclone Pam, a massive category 5 cyclone has torn a path of destruction through the small Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu. To illustrate, Cyclone Evan in 2012 was estimated to have caused damage equal to approximately 30 percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It was the first Category 5 tropical cyclone in 2020. It is the second most intense storm according to pressure, after Cyclone Zoe in 2002. The image showed strong thunderstorms around the center of circulation and east of the center. On March 15 at 11 UTC and March 16 at 3:45 UTC. Mar. RapidScat revealed sustained winds over 30 meters per second (108 kph/67 mph) were still occurring southeast of the center. At the end of Pam's life on March 17, NASA's RapidScat provided a look at the winds of the waning storm. RapidScat measured the winds from March 9 at 3:46 to 5:19 UTC. That's just 45 km (28 miles) east of Port Vila and 105 km (65.2 miles) north northwest of Erromango, Vanuatu. Pam, a once powerful Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale is now an extra-tropical storm moving past northern New Zealand. Few people, however, lost their lives as a direct result of the storm. GPM is managed by both NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Humanitarian organizations reported that some 50 to 90 percent of all homes, schools, churches, places of business, and other structures in the country suffered some damage from the storm, and winds and water had denuded many of the country’s forestlands and croplands. Map of the path of Cyclone Pam, which menaced Vanuatu and other tropical countries in the South Pacific Ocean during March 9–17, 2015. 11, 2015 - TRMM Sees Large and More Powerful Cyclone Pam, Warnings Posted. Warm air rises quickly. Cyclone Pam’s track (Image: Fiji Meteorological Service) ‘One of the main skills is to make consistent, best predictions from different models,’ says Heming. Posted on March 15, ... Vanuatu wasn’t the only country in the Pacific affected by the cyclone and the accompanying tropical depression that formed in its wake. The cyclone is expected to head south towards New Zealand and then curve to the east. Heavy ocean swells and very large waves are forecast to continue to affecting the coast from East Cape to Cape Palliser Monday night (local time), and should gradually ease during Tuesday, according to NZMS.  For updated forecasts from NZMS, visit: http://www.metservice.com/national/home. In Vanuatu a tropical cyclone warning is in effect for Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces. The people of Vanuatu are still smiling but continue to need support. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Carbonate sediments lofted by Tropical Cyclone Pam were spotted when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the South Pacific Ocean on March 16 at 23:05 UTC (7:05 p.m. EDT). For cyclones to occur and develop, the sea temperature must be 27°C for several weeks prior. formed in the tropics when cold air and warm air meet: the cold air pushes under the warm air Pam formed on March 6th 2015 in the Solomon islands and is where the path of destruction started. Pam damaged housing and infrastructure in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and New Zealand. The AIRS data was made into an image at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. It transfers its energy to the cloud system. The TRMM satellite had a good look at Cyclone Pam on March 10, 2015 at 1127 UTC 7:27 a.m. EDT) when maximum sustained winds were estimated at 80 knots (92 mph). Pam continued to grow in size and strength over the next few days, becoming officially recognized as a tropical depression on March 8 and maturing into a tropical cyclone at 5:00 pm local time (7:00 pm New Zealand Daylight Time) on … It reached Category 5 on Saffir-Simpson Scale. GPM passed over newborn Tropical Cyclone Pam on March 9 at 05:01 UTC (1:01 a.m. EST). Pam was centered near 10.8 south latitude and 170.2 east longitude, about 651 nautical miles (749.7 miles/ 1,206 km) northwest of Suva, Fiji. Cloud in Pam's southern quadrant had reached northern New Zealand at that time. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. Pam's winds reached up to 320km/h. On March 9 and 10, Tropical Cyclone Pam strengthened to hurricane-force as it neared Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Pam continues moving south through the Solomon Islands, while intensifying. An area of low air pressure is formed. These clouds are continuously fed by more hot air from the surface to add to their energy levels. The NZMS noted that Cyclone Pam was moving to the southeast but southerly gales for the east and south of the north island will be slow to subside. These clouds are continuously fed by more hot air from the surface to add to their energy levels. Pam's forecast to track calls for the tropical cyclone to move southwards and pass east of the country during Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted that wave heights were up to 40 feet (12.1 meters). Carbonate sediments lofted by Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific were spotted by NASA’s Terra satellite on March 16 at 23:05 UTC (7:05 p.m. EDT). After tomorrow, a weakening trend is expected as Pam starts moving in more of a southeasterly direction.Â, Mar. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Tropical cyclone, an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressure, high winds, and heavy rain. Super Cyclone Pam (2015) formed in the central tropical Pacific under conditions that included El Niño Modoki and the passage of a convectively enhanced phase of the Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO) in the western Pacific. As of late March 2015, the government of Vanuatu reported 11 deaths, whereas the United Nations attributed 16 deaths to the storm. The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station captured two views of Tropical Cyclone Pam's winds. Tropical Cyclone Pam, a massive storm with winds up to 185 mph and torrential rain, battered the nation of Vanuatu on Friday, causing “complete devastation” to the island chain in the South Pacific. Parts of the North Island are likely to be affected by severe weather on Monday, March 16. Pam is a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale and is strengthening. In addition, many of Vanuatu’s water sources were contaminated, and most household vegetable gardens, upon which much of the population depends for food, had been wiped out. Storm-force winds up to 120 kph (74.5 mph) are expected to continue affecting Sanma and Torba provinces today, but those winds will be decreasing as Pam moves southward. NASA-JAXA's GPM core satellite captured rain rates in Tropical Cyclone Pam at 03:51 UTC (2:51 p.m. local time) on March 14, 2015. On March 13 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Tropical Cyclone Pam had maximum sustained winds near 145 knots (166.9 mph/268.5 kph). In New Zealand warnings are up for parts of the North island, which is likely to be affected by severe weather on March 16, especially Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay. Â, JTWC forecasters expect Pam to peak in intensity tomorrow, March 13, when maximum sustained winds are expected to reach 150 knots (172 mph/277.8 kph) making it a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The radar image was generated based on data collected by NASA-JAXA's Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite. Pam was a Category 5 hurricane that churned the warm ocean waters and brought sediment from the ocean floor to the surface. COVID-19 Pandemic Appeal; Rohingya Crisis; Peace in the Middle East. The system initially tracked in an eastwards direction and formed into a tropical cyclone near Vanuatu late on 12 February. Aqua saw the eye of the major hurricane just to the east of Vanuatu. When did it form? Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu will run out of food 'in a week' as officials slam aid agencies for wanting 'publicity' National disaster committee deputy chair said the response could have been handled better Also called typhoons and hurricanes, cyclones strike regions as far apart as the Gulf Coast of North America, northwestern Australia, and eastern India. The damage wrought by Cyclone Harold is sickeningly reminiscent of the impact of Cyclone Pam … Pam formed earlier in the day in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. From April 30, it has been an extremely severe cyclonic storm, the first of the 2019 season. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Oxfam has a team based in the country and is ready to respond to support the people of Vanuatu. Although Vanuatu bore the brunt of the disaster, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea were also badly affected. NZMS noted "The heavy rain, severe southerly gales and extremely large seas that affected eastern parts of the North Island will continue to ease Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typhoon Haiyan was a tropical cyclone that affected the Philippines in South East Asia in November 2013. He serves currently as the editor of Earth and life sciences, covering climatology, geology, zoology, and other topics that relate to... An overview of Cyclone Pam and its effect on Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam formed on 6 th March, gradually intensifying to a tropical depression on 8 th March and gaining cyclone status on 9 th March. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii first tracked the developing storm on April 26. The response to Tropical Cyclone Pam tested all areas and levels of emergency response, including legislation, governance, policy and planning, community Pam was one of the worst Pacific Ocean storms in history. Inevitably quick off the mark after Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster were the climate ghouls to claim that this terrible event must have been caused by global warming. 10, 2015, RapidScat showed Tropical Cyclone Pam's strongest maximum sustained winds were near 35 meters per second (78.9 mph/126 kph) north and east of the center of circulation. The phenomenon of twin tropical cyclones happened in the Pacific as recently as 2015, as noted by NOAA, with Cyclone Pam in the Southern Hemisphere and … Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Cyclone pam slowly tracked south and grew in intensity as it moved. At the center of a mature Tropical Cyclone, air sinks rather than rises. Intensification of … Cyclones (including typhoons and hurricanes) are caused by warm tropical moisture bearing clouds developing in open oceans or seas. Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold was a very powerful tropical cyclone which caused widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga during April 2020. In the next day to day and a half, the Shefa and Tafea provinces will feel the effects of Pam. Pam formed earlier in the day in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. 18, 2015 - NASA-JAXA's GPM Satellite Close-up of Cyclone Pam's RainfallÂ. The formation of cyclones occurs in four stages including formative, immature cyclone, mature cyclone and decay stage. In the 3-D image, very powerful thunderstorms measured by GPM's Radar (Ku Band) reached heights of over 16.6 km (10.3 miles). For a sufficiently strong storm, air may sink over a layer deep enough to suppress cloud formation, thereby creating a clear eye.. A large tropical cyclone named Pam has formed in open South Pacific waters north of Vanuatu and Fiji. The storm has killed many people and caused heavy damage. One of Pam's intense feeder (thunderstorm) bands northwest of the islands was dropping rain at a rate of over 158 mm (6.2 inches) per hour. TRMM is managed by both NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) showed that heavy rainfall from Pam covered a large area of the South Pacific Ocean near the Santa Cruz Islands. Tropical Cyclone "Pam" formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9, 2015 prompting tropical cyclone watch for all of the Solomon Islands. When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Pam on March 11 at 22:50 UTC (6:50 p.m. EDT), the MODIS instrument captured visible data on the storm. On Mar. A wide band of fragmented thunderstorms in the northern and western quadrants of the storm were wrapping into the center from the north.  Another thick, fragmented band of thunderstorms curved from the east to the south and west, where it wrapped into the center of circulation. The winds died down to 250km/h as it tore through Vanuatu. The cyclone season runs from December to April when the weather in the region is hot and wet. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew overhead and found some heavy rain occurring when it measured rainfall rates within the intensifying storm. Flooding also damaged shorelines along New Zealand’s North Island and on Chatham Island. Many of the more than 60 inhabited islands remain cut off. The warm and moist air that rises from the surface of the ocean forms clouds that continue to spin and expand in size. Strong monsoonal winds developed in late February, the case alleges, and Cyclone Pam formed on March 6, four days before the cruise ship's departure. The VMGD forecast noted: Heavy rainfall expected to affect Torba, Sanma and Penama. As the cyclone bore down on Vanuatu's central islands on the afternoon (local time) of March 13, 2015, Pam's maximum sustained winds were estimated to have increased to 270 kph (~167 mph) by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), making it a category 5 storm on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.Â. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM … At least 3,300 people sought shelter in 37 evacuation centers. It was centered near 8.5 south latitude and 169.8 east longitude, about 760 nautical miles (874.6 miles/1,408 km) northwest of Nadi, Fiji. Usually, the more heat that is being released, the more intense the storm will become. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? The impact of Cyclone Pam on future economic output is less clear. At 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EST) on March 9, Tropical Cyclone Pam's maximum sustained winds were near 45 knots (51.7 mph/83.3 kph). Cyclone Pam was second after Cyclone Zoe in 2002 with a central pressure of 896 hPa on March 14, and high wind speeds at one minute of 270km/h, ten minute 250km/h (similar to cyclones Orsen and Monica). RapidScat measured maximum sustained winds near 25 meters per second /56 mph/90 kph, west and south of the center. Pam's winds reached up to 320km/h. About 166,000 people required immediate food aid. Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. 16, 2015 - NASA Sees Extra-Tropical Storm Pam Moving Away from New Zealand. The warning noted that Tropical Cyclone Pam was located northeast of the Torba province, and was slowly moving in a south southeasterly direction. The data was made into an image at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The storm has killed many people and caused heavy damage. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Category 5 Cyclone Pam was the most intense tropical cyclone in the southern hemisphere in 2015 and the second most intense tropical cyclone ever in the South Pacific basin. Help Oxfam teams deliver emergency aid every day of the year. 13, 2015 - NASA Sees Major Tropical Cyclone Pam Near Vanuatu. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast takes Pam east of Vanuatu. Imagine a tall chimney where all the energy comes into the base and gets sucked up to the top. The cyclone formed earlier than expected but continues on the forecast south-westerly track. It was given the designation “TD11F” by the Fiji Meteorological Service on March 6, 2015. Pam has tracked south-southwestward at 4 knots (4.6 mph/7.4 kph). 13th March 2015. Pam formed on March 6th 2015 in the Solomon islands and is where the path of destruction started. The energy created from the thunderstorms can then add to the whole system and a tropical cyclone will form. For updated warnings, visit: http://www.meteo.gov.vu/. NASA-JAXA's GPM Satellite Close-up of Cyclone Pam's Rainfall IMAGE CAPTION: NASA-JAXA's GPM core satellite captured rain rates in Tropical Cyclone Pam at 03:51 UTC (2:51 p.m. local time) on March 14, 2015. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Mar. On March 9, RapidScat revealed sustained winds over 56 mph/90 kph/25 meters per second, occurring near the center and northern quadrant of Tropical Cyclone Pam. Also, in exposed parts of the east and south of the North Island, south to southwest gales continue Monday night and much of Tuesday.". With maximum sustained winds at landfall that measured 165 miles (270 km) per hour, Pam was among the most-powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. Weather in the eye is normally calm and free of clouds, although the sea may be extremely violent. The GPM or Global Precipitation Mission's Core Observatory flew over Pam on March 9, 2015 at 0501 UTC (1:01 a.m. EDT). Most of the deaths and destruction were caused by a 12-foot high tidal wave that formed during the storm. On March 11 at 0900 UTC (5 a.m. EDT) Tropical Cyclone Pam's (known as 11F in Fiji) maximum sustained winds were near 105 knots (121 mph/194 kph). The warm and moist air that rises from the surface of the ocean forms clouds that continue to spin and expand in size. The International Space Station's RapidScat instrument captured a look at Tropical Cyclone Pam's surface winds. 17, 2015 - NASA Sees Vanuatu 4 Days After Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Vanuatu on March 16 at 23:05 UTC (7:05 p.m. EDT).Â, Rob Gutro Pam was centered near 18.3 south latitude and 168.9 east longitude. 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