Super Typhoon Rammasun Slams Ashore in Southern China

By Tom Yulsman | July 18, 2014 5:27 pm

A screenshot from an animation of infrared images from the COMS-1 satellite shows Super Typhoon Rammasun slamming ashore in southern China today. Click the image to watch the animation. (Source: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies)

Super Typhoon began pummeling the mainland of southern China today, slamming ashore on the Luichow Peninsula with winds at landfall that may have been as high as 135 miles per hour.

Click on the image above to watch an animation of infrared satellite images showing the storm barreling ashore. It was the strongest storm to hit southern China in 41 years.

Here’s a spectacular closer view:


A second animation of Super Typhoon Rammasun coming ashore in southern China, as seen by the COMS-1 satellite. Click to play. (Source: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies)

The eye of the storm is clear and well defined as it approaches and crosses the very northern tip of Hainan Island. From there the storm made landfall on the mainland just to the north.

As I write this post on Friday evening (MDT in the U.S.), Rammasun is out over the Beibu Gulf and headed for another landfall, probably along China’s border with Vietnam. (For a map of it’s projected track, click here)

Before hitting China, the storm swept across the Philippines, killing 12 people. Its center came within 40 miles of Manilla, the Philippine capitol. With winds of 105 miles per hour, it was one of the strongest ever to affect the city, according to Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for the Weather Underground.

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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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