Super Typhoon Neoguri Now Aiming For Japan

By Tom Yulsman | July 7, 2014 3:20 am

Super Typhoon Neoguri is seen churning in the western Pacific Ocean on Monday in this image from Japan’s MTSAT weather satellite. (Source: Japan Meteorological Agency)

Last Thursday, as Hurricane Arthur was bearing down on the North Carolina coast, I posted a short update about trouble just beginning to brew in the Pacific.

Now, that trouble has arrived — big time.

Source: Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Source: Joint Typhoon Warning Center

What was then a tropical storm has now blossomed into Super Typhoon Neoguri. As I’m writing this shortly after midnight on Monday (in California), the storm has sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, with gusts to 190 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Right now it’s forecast track points toward a brush with Okinawa on Tuesday and then landfall on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu on Wednesday. (Click on the thumbnail image above for a map showing the storms’s expected track and wind speeds.)


This broad view of the Pacific Ocean acquired by Japan’s MTSAT weather satellite shows Super Typhoon Neoguri with a well-developed eye in the western Pacific Ocean south of Japan on Monday, July 7, 2014. (Source: Japan Meteorological Agency)

Although Neoguri should weaken a bit by the time it hits Japan, it still has the potential to cause a huge amount of damage, especially from rain and landslides. Torrential rainfall not connected with the typhoon has been drenching Kyushu — 10 inches in 24 hours in at least one part of the island.

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ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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