This image of Super Typhoon Haiyan was generated from data retrieved by the AIRS instrument on November 8, 2013 at 4:59 UTC. At that time Haiyan was located over the central Philippines and was quickly heading towards the west at 22 knots (25 mph). The lowest temperatures, in dark purple, are associated with the high, cold cloud tops of powerful thunderstorms with heavy rainfall potential. The Philippine islands stretch from the center of the image to the northwest. Northern Indonesia is at the bottom of the image, and northeastern Malaysia is at the lower left of the image. Some of the Philippine regions being pounded by the storm, in the area with purple coloring, are the Visayas, Bicol, National Capital, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Northern Mindanao, and Mimaropa regions.
Image courtesy of the AIRS Science Team at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.