Cyclone Freddy intensifies to a Category 5 storm
US Space Force EWS-G1 — formerly GOES-13 — Infrared Window (10.7 µm) images (above) showed Cyclone Freddy in the South Indian Ocean, after it re-intensified to a Category 4 storm at 0000 UTC on 15 February 2023. Freddy then briefly peaked at 145 knots at 0000 UTC on 16 February (SATCON), making it the first Category 5 tropical cyclone of 2023.
Meteosat-9 Infrared Window (10.8 µm) images from the CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site (below) included contours and streamlines of deep-layer (850-200 hPa) wind shear. The intensification of Freddy occurred in spite of this environment of moderate east-southeasterly shear.
Two SAR satellite (RADARSAT-2 and RCM-1) overpasses occurred at 0000 UTC on 16 February, as noted here.