A Super Typhoon Gathers Strength As it Moves Across the Pacific

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This is super typhoon Soudelor, captured by NASA instruments as it attained Category Five status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale earlier today. Its eye is 12 nautical miles wide; its winds are up to 161 miles per hour; and the extremely rough waves below it are up to 48 feet high.


According to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center:

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast takes Soudelor on a west-northwesterly path near the Japanese island of Ishigakijima on August 7 and then over northern Taiwan before making landfall in southeastern China on August 8.

The storm is predicted to weaken as it continues on its trek to the west-northwest. Interests in the path of this Super typhoon should prepare for storm surge, heavy rainfall, mudslides in high terrain areas, and typhoon-force winds.

Image credits: NASA Goddard’s MODIS Rapid Response Team


Pablo Vasques Bravo-Villalba

Just a small suggestion: since you have a considerable international audience, it would be nice if the numbers in the posting were converted to decimal units. Here, let me help you this time:

12nm ≈ 22km

161mph ≈ 259km/h

48ft ≈ 14.6m