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Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual

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  • Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual

    Wind speed like a tornado, footprint like a hurricane. Damage reports are still premature, but this thing sounds positively biblical.

    Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual

    A fairly normal typhoon season in the western Pacific has spawned a real monster—supertyphoon Haiyan—which made landfall in the Philippines at around 5 a.m. local time.

    The storm, described by some as "tropical cyclone perfection" and "off the charts," packed sustained winds of 195 miles (315 kilometers per hour), with gusts as strong as 235 miles (380 kilometers per hour). Experts predict the typhoon—also known as Yolanda in the Philippines—could end up being the strongest storm to ever make landfall since modern record-keeping began, according to The Washington Post.

    "It's knocking our socks off," said Jim Kossin, an atmospheric scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climatic Data Center.
    Last edited by Norm dePlume; Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:05 PM.

  • #2
    The pictures of the storm looked to perfect to be real.
    “Thus it is that no cruelty whatsoever passes by without impact. Thus it is that we always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.”

    ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956


    • #3
      I'm worried about the people there.
      Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
      Robert Southwell, S.J.


      • #4
        'Massive destruction' as typhoon kills at least 1,200 in Philippines, says Red Cross
        May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
        Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
        And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
        may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.


        • #5
          They're talking five figures now. Damn ....
          It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
          In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
          Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
          Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now


          • #6
            Is it too soon to call this Asia's Katrina? Except that this is worse by an order of magnitude. The scattered population of the Philippine islands are hard to reach, so it's possible not all of them understood the scope of the typhoon they were going to encounter. The ones who chose to evacuate really couldn't go anywhere else in their own country since the storm was so big. I hope that our close ties to the island nation will lead Americans to donate generously to their relief efforts.

            It's a total nightmare in some areas from the pictures I've seen. And already people are blaming global warming for this, because apparently all unusual weather is now our fault.

            I understand this thing is barreling full strength into Vietnam as we speak. I can't imagine the outcome there is going to be any better.
            “Any sufficiently advanced capitalism is indistinguishable from rent seeking.” ~ =j