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September 13, 2012 NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Super Typhoon Sanba on Sept. 13 at 0447 UTC (12:47 a.m. EDT). The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured an infrared image of Sanba and found an eye about 20 nautical miles (23 miles/37 km) wide, surrounded by a thick area of strong convection (rising air that forms the thunderstorms that make up the storm) and strong thunderstorms. Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning center noted that the AIRS imagery showed that there was “no banding outside of this ring, consistent with an annular typhoon.” On Sept. 13 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Sanba’s maximum sustained winds were near 135 knots (155 mph/250 kmh). Sanba had higher gusts into the Category 5 typhoon category. The Saffir-Simpson scale was slightly revised earlier in 2012, so a Category 4 typhoon/hurricane has maximum sustained winds from 113 to 136 knots (130 to 156 mph /209 to 251 kmh). A Category 5 typhoon’s maximum sustained winds begin at 137 knots (157 mph /252 kmh). Sanba was located about 600 nautical miles (690 miles/1,111 km) south of Kadena Air Base, near 16.8 North latitude and 129.5 East longitude. It was moving to the north at 9 knots (10.3 mph/16.6 kmh) and generating wave heights of 40 feet. Sanba is expected to continue on a north-northwesterly track through the western North Pacific and move through the East China Sea, passing close to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on Sept. 15.
- Super Typhoon #SANBA (#KAREN/17W) at 131500z near 16.8N 129.5E moving N at 7 knots 日本語 – Published 13 Sept 2012 1835Z (goatysnews.wordpress.com)
- Tropical Storm Sanba becomes a super typhoon (sott.net)
- Sanba Becomes Cat 5 and Okinawa Prepares (ireport.cnn.com)
- Image of the Day: Okinawa Faces Super Typhoon Sanba (climatecentral.org)
- NASA sees Sanba become a super typhoon (phys.org)
(Aug 30, 2012) Typhoon Bolaven struck the North on Tuesday and Wednesday, submerging houses and roads, ruining thousands of acres of crops and triggering landslides that buried train tracks. A second major storm, Typhoon Tembin, pounded the Korean Peninsula with more rains on Thursday.The storms come as North Korea is still recovering from earlier floods that killed more than 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes. That in turn followed a springtime drought that was the worst in a century in some areas.Foreign aid groups contacted on Thursday said they are standing by in Pyongyang, but had not received new requests for help from the North Korean government. They had little information on the extent of damage and were relying on reports from state media.
- Twin typhoons raise fears in disaster-prone North Korea (nzherald.co.nz)
- 16 dead, 10 missing as typhoon pounds South Korea (watchertimes.wordpress.com)
- S. Korea on alert as major typhoon Bolaven nears (straitstimes.com)
(Aug 29, 2012) 16 people were killed and 10 were missing after a strong typhoon pounded South Korea Tuesday, uprooting trees, sinking ships and cutting power to almost 200,000 homes. By early evening Typhoon Bolaven the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade had moved to North Korea, which is still struggling to recover from deadly floods earlier this summer. Hundreds of flights in the South were grounded, ferry services were suspended and schools in Seoul and several other areas were closed. Bolaven left a trail of death and damage in southwestern and south-central regions of the country, although it was little felt in central parts of Seoul. Off the southern island of Jeju, the storm drove two Chinese fishing ships aground early Tuesday, sparking a dramatic rescue operation.The transport ministry said all 87 sea ferry services had been halted. A total of 247 flights — 183 domestic and 64 international have been cancelled since Monday. The typhoon packing winds of 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour at one time brought heavy rain and strong winds to southern and western areas. It toppled street lights and signs, shattered windows, uprooted trees and tore off shop signs. The National Emergency Management Agency said 197,751 homes in Jeju and the southwest and south-central regions lost power.
- Typhoon “Bolaven” makes landfall (english.ruvr.ru)
- 16 dead, 10 missing as typhoon pounds South Korea (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Ten killed as typhoon Bolaven slams South Korea (VIDEO, PHOTOS) (EndtheLie.com)
(Aug 26, 2012) A massive typhoon began to make landfall Sunday over Okinawa, bringing winds more ferocious than even the typhoon-weary Japanese island has seen in decades.It will likely be the strongest since 1956, said CNN International me
- Massive Typhoon Bolaven slams Okinawa, Japan and heads for Koreas (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Typhoon Bolaven (ireport.cnn.com)
- Powerful typhoon lumbers toward Japan’s Okinawa (cnsnews.com)
- Powerful Typhoon Lumbers Toward Japan’s Okinawa (abcnews.go.com)
- National › Powerful typhoon lumbers toward Okinawa (japantoday.com)
- National › Typhoon may bring record rain, wind to Okinawa (japantoday.com)