DISCUSSION: Just over 10 years ago today, there was a truly impressive tropical cyclone in place off the coast of Madagascar by way of Severe Cyclone Bondo. Being as though this tropical cyclone had been estimated to be at the equivalent intensity of a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 161 mph (or 258 km/hr). Thus, this storm presented a serious and ultimately a verified threat over and in the vicinity of the island of Madagascar! This certainly was quite historic tropical cyclone as far as its maximum intensity goes, the time of year at which it reached such a high intensity, and the unusually low latitude at which this all occurred at. You can also note in the image attached above (courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory), there was incredibly symmetric outflow associated with the circulation of Bondo near the time of maximum intensity. More importantly, this symmetric outflow associated with Bondo allowed it to remain at this maximum intensity for a substantial period of time as a result of very efficient storm ventilation processes at work. To read more about this particular tropical cyclone, read the more detailed summary of this event at the following link!
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