Atsani is the the sixth super typhoon to make an appearance during the 2015 West Pacific Tropical Season, which already surpassed the normal average of four. Prior to achieving its super status, CloudSat’s imager collected information about the storm, allowing for this incredible cross-sectional view.
Mass dampers are designed to counteract the swaying of a skyscraper as it’s buffeted by strong winds or earthquakes. But it’s incredibly rare to see one of these huge devices moving more an a few inches. Unless, of course, there’s a typhoon nearby.
Over the course of 24 hours, Typhoon Vongfong rapidly strengthened from a Category 3 to Category 5. With sustained winds approaching 170 mph (272 km/h), the storm is heading straight towards Japan — a country still reeling from Typhoon Phanfone.
It's been a little over a week since the Philippines was rocked by Typhoon Hiyan, but the world is still coming to grips with the extent of the devastation. This sobering video of Tacloban taken by an aerial drone shows it's worse than we could have possibly imagined.
Almost exactly one year after Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. eastern seaboard, the strongest typhoon in recorded history has slammed into the Philippines. That's two superstorms in two years. It's the new normal, folks — and climate change is likely to blame.
It's called Super Typhoon Usagi — and it's picking up serious steam as it churns away in the western Pacific Ocean. Now the equivalent of a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane, it's poised to hit some of the most densely populated regions in the world, including Taiwan, the northern Philippines, and Hong Kong.
The oceans aren't really blue - thanks to chlorophyll-producing plankton, the ocean has a greenish tint. Now scientists have evidence that making the oceans truly blue could reduce hurricanes and typhoons by up to 70 percent.