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Thursday Rain & One Of the Strongest Hurricanes/Typhoons Ever Seen

Good morning bloggers,

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Today:  Cloudy with a 100% chance of rain. Temperatures dropping into the 40s and staying there. Expect a light east breeze.
  • Friday: Cloudy early with some sunshine late. High:  58°
  • Saturday:  Mostly sunny with a few periods of clouds. Winds increasing from the north later in the day.  High:  65°
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a few clouds. North winds 10-25 mph. High:  58°

Rain is forming around a disturbance this morning. You can see it here on the 8:15 AM radar image:

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This upper level disturbance is rotating around the main weak upper level storm. Can you imagine if this was an area of snow moving our way.  It just looks like a disturbance that would be snow in a later LRC cycle.  For today, expect less than a quarter inch of rain with occasional bands of showers moving across.

The Tropics

A typhoon is a hurricane, and a hurricane is a typhoon.  They are exactly the same. The water over the western Pacific, and other conditions provide the better opportunity for these typhoons to become what are called “super typhoons”, and Yutu is one of them.  Here are the details:

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Super Typhoon Yutu, the strongest storm on Earth in 2018, slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. The storm savagely battered the islands of Tinian, Saipan and Rota, with the eye completely engulfing one of the islands at midday Wednesday. Super Typhoon Yutu is estimated to contain maximum sustained winds of at least 180 miles per hour, with higher gusts.  Why it matters: This storm is the strongest typhoon ever to strike the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and likely the strongest ever to strike the U.S. and its territories. “This is an historically significant event,” tweeted Michael Lowry, a FEMA hurricane specialist.  Based on satellite data that meteorologists use to estimate storm intensity, Super Typhoon Yutu is one of the strongest tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) observed on Earth in the modern record, on par with Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. That storm devastated the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, killing thousands.

Super Typhoon Yutu is located in an area of extremely warm waters and light upper level winds, and is making a run at achieving its maximum potential intensity for that area.

Super Typhoon Yutu hits the Northern Mariana Islands as one of the strongest-ever storms.Super Typhoon Yutu hits the northern Mariana Islands as one of the strongest-ever storms. Gif: Harry Stevens, Axios Visuals.

The details: Yutu is also affecting Guam, which hosts substantial U.S. military installations, such as Anderson Air Force Base.

  • Radar images from that base clearly showed the destructive storm as it moved toward Saipan, which has a population of about 50,000. Tinian and Rota, which with Saipan make up the Northern Mariana Islands, are smaller, with a combined population of about 7,000.
  • Super Typhoon Yutu underwent a period of extremely rapid intensification, going from a 50-mph tropical storm to a 180-mph Category 5 in just 48 hours.
  • More notably, it went from a Category 1 typhoon to a Category 5 in just 24 hours.

Areas that feel the brunt of the storm will see widespread destruction, on par, if not worse, than what was seen with Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. The combination of dangerous winds and storm surge flooding can obliterate homes, reducing them to their foundations.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.

Gary

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