Tag Archives: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Nida Makes Landfall Near Hong Kong After Making a Direct Hit on Philippines

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The fifth named tropical cyclone, Nida, known as Carina in the Philippines, formed in the Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines on July 29, 2016 (UTC). After moving over Luzon in the northern part of the country, Nida emerged in the South China Sea where it re-strengthened as moved toward southeastern China. Captions and Photo source: NASA

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Gale-force winds and heavy rains lashed Hong Kong after Typhoon Nida made landfall Tuesday near Dapeng Peninsula in China’s Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong Observatory reported…

Read Full Article,http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/asia/typhoon-nida-hong-kong-guangzhou/ (08-01-2016)

NASA Spots Typhoon Nida’s Rainfall, Approach to China, NASA (08-01-2016)

Powerful Category 5 Typhoon Nepartak Takes Aim at Taiwan, China

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In early July 2016, storm clouds churned above the western Pacific Ocean as a super typhoon swept toward Taiwan. Over the course of 48 hours on July 5 and 6, Nepartak intensified from a tropical storm to a category 5 typhoon, according to Unisys Weather. The storm is predicted to make landfall on the island nation on July 7, before moving up the coast of southeastern China. Caption and Photo source: NASA / Earth Observatory

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The typhoon, the first of the year, was expected to make landfall on Taiwan’s east coast in the city of Hualien early Friday and then cross the Taiwan Strait and hit China Saturday. Large waves were already lashing the shore Ilan port city in Taiwan Thursday…

Read Full Article, NBC News (07-07-2016)

Typhoon Nepartak; NASA / Earth Observatory (07-07-2016)

A Super Typhoon Is About to Wreak Havoc: What You Need to Know, National Geographic (07-07-2016)

Nearly 7 million US homes at hurricane risk this season: Report

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NYC flooding, Post Sandy. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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More than 6.8 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of damage from hurricane storm surges, with a total reconstruction cost value of more than $1.5 trillion, according to CoreLogic’s 2016 Storm Surge Report…

Read Full Article, CNBC

U.S. expects more hurricanes as tropical storm brews off East Coast, (05-28-2016)
U.S. meteorologists predicted the number of storms in the upcoming hurricane season will increase from years of below-average levels, as a weather system brewed off the East Coast…

U.S. expects more hurricanes as tropical storm brews off East Coast

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NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). Captions and Image source: NOAA

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U.S. meteorologists predicted the number of storms in the upcoming hurricane season will increase from years of below-average levels, as a weather system brewed off the East Coast…

Read Full Article, Reuters

Tropical Depression Two Pushes Toward the Southeast Coast; May Become Tropical Storm Bonnie Later Today; Weather Channel
Tropical Depression Two is nearing tropical storm strength as it continues to push northwestward, poised to rain, some wind, and choppy surf to some of the beaches of the Carolinas and Georgia this Memorial Day holiday weekend…

Near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year, NOAA (05-27-2016)
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.
NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 percent chance, there is also a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season. Included in today’s outlook is Hurricane Alex, a pre-season storm that formed over the far eastern Atlantic in January…

Cyclone Roanu: Half a million flee in Bangladesh

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Tropical Cyclone ROANU-16. Image source: OCHA

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Cyclone Roanu has pounded coastal areas of Bangladesh, forcing half a million people to flee their homes. It made landfall at noon local time (06:00 GMT) on Saturday, causing floods, landslides and submerging homes…

Read Full Article, BBC News

Cyclone hammers Bangladesh, CNN
One day after Tropical Cyclone Roanu lashed the coast of Bangladesh with heavy winds and rain, killing at least 21 people and displacing half a million residents, some evacuees are cautiously returning home from shelters. Many areas remain inundated after 55 mph winds and downpours of more than a foot in some areas Saturday.

Cyclone Fantala, Indian Ocean

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NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.Acquired April 18, 2016.

By Mike Carlowicz, NASA / Earth Observatory;

In October 2015, the Northeast Pacific Ocean produced its most potent hurricane on record: Patricia. In February 2016, Cyclone Winston pounded Fiji as the strongest storm in the Southwest Pacific. Now the Indian Ocean has a new record-breaker.

In a year with one of the strongest El Niños ever observed and the hottest air temperatures on record, Cyclone Fantala just became the most potent cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean. (Note: Reliable records only date back to 1990.) From April 15 to 18, the storm hovered between category 4 and 5 while drifting northeast of Madagascar.

Wind speeds reached an estimated 150 knots (170 miles or 280 kilometers per hour) on April 18, as reported by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. That record was set just a few hours before the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a natural-color image (above) of Fantala at 1:25 p.m. local time (10:25 Universal Time) on April 18, 2016.

The second image shows wind speed and direction near the ocean surface as measured from space in the late morning on April 17, 2016. The measurements were taken by the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat), which bounces microwave pulses off the ocean and measures the roughness of the surface. Rough waters are disturbed more by wind and return a stronger signal than smooth waters; from this information, scientists can derive speed and direction. Shades of blue-green indicate the range of speeds, with lighter shades representing stronger surface winds.

Fantala was downgraded to a category 3 storm on April 19. The storm is not expected to make landfall; instead, forecasters project that it will drift southeast for a day or two, then northwest again. In the process, the storm should churn up enough cold water and run into other weather fronts that will sap it of energy.

Original Article And Learn More, NASA / Earth Observatory

Strong Cyclone Winston Threatens Fiji

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Cyclone Winston. NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, February 19,2016.

By Mike Carlowicz, NASA / Earth observatory;

Residents of the South Pacific island nation of Fiji are bracing for landfall from an intense tropical cyclone. Forecasters warned that the storm known as Winston could arrive on the main island of Viti Levu with sustained category 4 winds.

It could be the strongest storm to cross the island since local meteorological records were first kept in 1941.

At 1:15 p.m. Fiji time (01:15 Universal Time) on February 19, 2016, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP acquired this natural-color image of Tropical Cyclone Winston between several tropical Pacific islands.

At the time, the storm had sustained winds of 110 knots (125 miles or 200 kilometers per hour). Eighteen hours later, winds had intensified to 145 knots (165 mph or 270 kmph), a category 5 storm.

The latest forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center had the storm moving due west, with landfall on Viti Levu late on February 20 or early on February 21. The island is home to more than 600,000 people and the national capital, Suva.

The storm track from the east to west is unusual, according to Brian Kahn of WXshift/Climate Central. Nearly all cyclones in recent records have approached Fiji from the west.

Original Article, NASA / Earth Observatory

5 Things to Know About Tropical Cyclone Winston, Weather Channel

Catastrophic Cyclone Winston bears down on Fiji’s main island in worst case scenario, The Washington Post
A destructive tropical cyclone is bearing down on Fiji with winds approaching 150 mph and an intensity rating that is nearly off the charts…