Friday, November 8, 2013

Tropical phenomenons, Pacific, fall 2013

We've had quite a few tropical phenomenons in the Pacific since the end of August... Here is a list - still open - of what we've had, along with the time they were active, and their highest strength. Wind speeds are in knots. 60 G 75 is to be read 60 knots, gusting 75 knots.
Sep 01-02 TS Kiko, 60 G 75
Sep 13-16 TS Man-Yi, 60 G 75
Sep 17-18 Typhoon Usagi, 65 G 80
Sep 13-16 TS Man-Yi, 60 G 75
Sep 19 Hurricane Manuel, 65 G 80
Sep 21-27 Typhoon Pabuk, 90 G 110
Oct 01-04 Typhoon Fitow, 85 G 105
Oct 04-06 Typhoon Danas, 95 G 115
Oct 11-16 Typhoon Wipha, 115 G 140
Oct 16-30 Super Typhoon Francisco, 140 G 170
Super Typhoon Lekima, 140 G 170,
Hurricane Raymond, 95 G 105
Nov 04-now Super Typhoon Haiwan, 165 G 200
As a reminder, a hurricane (force 12 on the Beaufort scale) is over 64 knots.
Over 64 knots, it's a Category One hurricane.
Over 82 knots, it's a Category Two hurricane.
Over 95 knots, it's a Category Three hurricane.
Over 112 knots, it's a Category Four hurricane.
Over 136 knots, it's a Category Five hurricane.

Hurricanes and Typhoons are similar phenomenons. Hurricanes belong to the East Pacific, Typhoons to the West Pacific.

We also note that the Beaufort scale does not mention any such thing as a "Super Storm". You have Storm, Violent Storm, and Hurricane...
"Super Storm" is something invented by some journalists.

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