Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines at Cat 5 strength; at least 40 killed

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:00 PM GMT on December 04, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha slammed ashore on the Philippine island of Mindanao at 4:45 am local time on Tuesday morning as a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Bopha is the third Category 5 typhoon to affect the Western Pacific this year, and the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit Mindanao, which rarely sees strong typhoons due to its position close to the Equator. The death toll from the powerful storm already stands at 40, and is expected to rise. While passage over land has weakened Bopha to a Category 2 storm, the tropical cyclone is spreading torrential rains over a large portion of the southern Philippine Islands, and this will cause serious flooding problems today. The island of Mindanao is highly vulnerable to flood disasters from tropical cyclones; last year's Tropical Storm Washi, which hit Mindanao on December 16, 2011 with 60 mph winds and torrential rains, killed over 1500 people. Before hitting the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha brought a storm surge estimated at ten feet to the island nation of Palau, where near-total destruction is being reported in some coastal areas.


Figure 1. Super Typhoon Bopha as seen from the International Space Station on December 2, 2012. At the time, Bopha had top sustained winds of 150 - 155 mph. Image credit: NASA.

Bopha: the 2nd most southerly Category 5 typhoon on record
Bopha, a Cambodian word for flower or a girl, became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth's rotation to get themselves spinning. Bopha became the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon on Monday at 7.4°N latitude. The record is held by Typhoon Louise of 1964, which was a Category 5 storm at 7.3°N.


Video 1. Scenes of wind damage and flooding from Typhoon Bopha's landfall in the Philippines yesterday.

Jeff Masters

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MORE THAN 200 DEAD IN PHILIPPINE TYPHOON
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This is global warming.
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Cant forget the Sun..
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Quoting plutorising:
so, hydrus, what are we looking at? it almost seemed as if you were doing the austin powers gag...
Excellent. Thank you..:)
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Quoting spbloom:


Here.


Thanks for finding that. Using Power Dissipation Index (PDI), makes alot of sense. People are saying where are the cat 5s slamming shore? Here in reality we are having abnormally huge storms.. Nice to see aerosols being factored in too.
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so, hydrus, what are we looking at? it almost seemed as if you were doing the austin powers gag...
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Nice one of Saturn.
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Here is a pic of the the fastest winds in the solar system.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
I lo e this first pic of the lighting strike reflecting on the pond. May I copy it?


Sure. I did. lol
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Quoting Skyepony:
AMS says that article isn't available yet.


Here.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
We actually had some stormy weather today. It almost woke me up several times. :) These were taken by awake people in Beaumont, Tx.



A cloud waterfall?

I love this first pic of the lighting strike reflecting on the pond. May I copy it?
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Quoting Tazmanian:
i wish the admins re move the Community Activity thing it dos nothing but get in the way

In the way of what?
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i wish the admins re move the Community Activity thing it dos nothing but get in the way
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We actually had some stormy weather today. It almost woke me up several times. :) These were taken by awake people in Beaumont, Tx.



A cloud waterfall?

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Quoting Slamguitar:


That's what they want you to think. >:)






But yes, it's Mimas, the twentieth-largest moon in our solar system and a companion to Saturn.
I know this. Takes about 30 years to make it around the sun. Jupiter takes 11.9 years and is my favorite. That massive planet completes a full rotation in less than ten hours, and is about 89.000 miles in diameter...Jupiter is awesome.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yes she does, actually.

Hurricanes can happen at anytime but there is certainly a period of heightened activity. Otherwise we wouldn't have a hurricane season in the first place.
true
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Mother Nature doesn't know the calender.
Yes she does, actually.

Hurricanes can happen at anytime but there is certainly a period of heightened activity. Otherwise we wouldn't have a hurricane season in the first place.
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Quoting hydrus:
Looks like Mimas.


That's what they want you to think. >:)






But yes, it's Mimas, the twentieth-largest moon in our solar system and a companion to Saturn.
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Quoting Slamguitar:


Or is it?? Just a little displaced.


Looks like Mimas.
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Quoting wxgeek723:
So random thought. Does the onset of extreme weather as a result of global warming originate from the consequences of the actual warming itself, or is it just the change in climate? I guess what I'm asking is, if say we had 'global cooling' occurring, would weather be getting less extreme?

Imagine global cooling anyway. That would be something. Cities smashing all time records for their coolest summer on record, ridiculously intense cold waves, plethoras of snowy winters. Blah, maybe GW isn't that bad, LOL. And I could only imagine what that would do to hurricane season.

Oh and does anybody know how high the gauge read during the peak of Sandy at Sandy Hook? Given the geography and the angle of approach, it would be reasonable to assume that Sandy Hook was swallowed by storm surge.


Prolonged changes in extreme weather associated with climate cycles tend to manifest primarily as a result of an increase/decrease in planetary energy, which is directly related to temperature alterations. The change in the climate is a direct result of the warming, just as it was due to cooling following the eruption of Mount Tambora (in conjunction with the solar minimum) in 1816.
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AMS says that article isn't available yet.
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379. Skyepony (Mod)
Tropical storms that make their way into the North Atlantic, and possibly strike the East Coast of the United States, likely will become more intense during the rest of this century.

That’s the prediction of one University of Iowa researcher and his colleague as published in an early online release in the prestigious Journal of Climate, the official publication of the American Meteorological Society.

The study is a compilation of results from some of the best available computer models of climate, according to lead author Gabriele Villarini, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and his colleague Gabriel Vecchi of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Princeton, N.J.

“We wanted to conduct the study because intense tropical cyclones can harm people and property,” Villarini says. “The adverse and long-lasting influence of such storms recently was demonstrated by the damage Hurricane Sandy created along the East Coast.”

The study itself examines projected changes in the North Atlantic Power Dissipation Index (PDI) using output from 17 state-of-the-art global climate models and three different potential scenarios. The PDI is an index that integrates storm intensity, duration, and frequency.

“We found that the PDI is projected to increase in the 21st century in response to both greenhouse gas increases and reductions in particulate pollution over the Atlantic over the current century. By relating these results to other findings in a paper we published May 13, 2012 in the journal Nature Climate Change, we found that, while the number of storms is not projected to increase, their intensity is,” he says.

“Moreover, our results indicate that as more carbon dioxide is emitted, the stronger the storms get, while scenarios with the most aggressive carbon dioxide mitigation show the smallest increase in intensity,” he says.

The complete manuscript, “Projected Increases in North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Intensity from CMIP5 Models,” can be viewed at: journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-004 41.1.

The study was funded in part by the Iowa Flood Center.
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Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear "Crushed Like A Beer Can"
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em>The Philippines military says the death toll from Typhoon Bopha has risen to at least 94, with fears held for hundreds of missing villagers.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Sandy Victims Being Hit With Downed Tree Violations, LIPA Fees

While the neighborhoods shattered by Hurricane Sandy are far from being back to normal, the faceless bureaucratic mechanisms of the City and the Long Island Power Authority seem to be kicking back in. Homeowners are being ticketed by the DOB for fallen trees on their properties, and LIPA is charging customers a "delivery fee" for returning their power, even though it was out for weeks—mainly because of the utility's incompetence.
As the New York Times put it, "the storm struck the city’s trees like a chain saw on methamphetamines," knocking down more than 8,000 in the street and many more in parks. In Queens, homeowners with downed trees say that the DOB is handing out violations that warn that they could face legal action if the trees aren't removed.
“People are stressed out, they are in a situation that is really horrible and then they got these violations,” the president of the Queens Civic Congress, Richard Hellenbrect, tells the Daily News. State Senator Tony Avella added, "This is one more example of the insensitivity sometimes of the city. They really need to retract these violations." Though the citations do not carry a monetary penalty, they stay on the books indefinitely and give the city legal recourse to act.
WNYC reports that LIPA is tacking on a delivery fee of more than $10—something ConEd and other utilities in the region have refused to do. "I'm flabbergasted," a LIPA customer in Northport says. "I just don't understand why they think it's necessary." More than half of the 86% of LIPA customers who lost power were without it for more than a week. LIPA will be refunding customers who were billed for "estimated" usage, but is sticking by the fee, calling it "the very minimum it costs LIPA to provide a 24/7 connection to the electric system." A spokesperson tells WNYC that the charge will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.


(Bureaucracy gone made)


Mark my words!!! If the city maintains these violations, then there will be massive demonstrations from numerous folks sticking up for their rights!!!
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Quoting Thrawst:
Anyone remember which storm this was, which was incredibly frustrating to forecast?



Ernesto. Drove the blog crazy with everyone saying an eye was forming when it wasn't. Had a lot of fun before I made an account watching that.
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Quoting wxgeek723:
...Oh and does anybody know how high the gauge read during the peak of Sandy at Sandy Hook? Given the geography and the angle of approach, it would be reasonable to assume that Sandy Hook was swallowed by storm surge.


From Dr. Masters bog of 11/07:



Figure 2. Predicted storm surge at Sandy Hook, NJ, for Winter Storm Athena, from the experimental Extratropical Storm Surge model, run by NOAA's Meteorological Development Laboratory. This model used winds from this morning's 6Z (1 am EDT) run of the GFS model. The peak storm surge (yellowish-brown line) is predicted to be 3.4', occurring Wednesday evening. High tide (green line) occurs near 1 pm Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a peak storm tide of approximately 7.2' around 1 pm Wednesday (black line). For comparison, Sandy delivered a 8.6' storm surge to Sandy Hook before their tide gauge failed, with the storm tide reaching 13.2' above MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water.)
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Anyone remember which storm this was, which was incredibly frustrating to forecast?

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Quoting wxgeek723:

Oh and does anybody know how high the gauge read during the peak of Sandy at Sandy Hook? Given the geography and the angle of approach, it would be reasonable to assume that Sandy Hook was swallowed by storm surge.


Sandy Hook did get a bit of surge. Lot of houses wiped off it. The twin light house looked fine. You can go here & zoom in on it to see the damage right after from aerial photos for Sandy Hook or really anywhere kind of coastal affected by Sandy. Pretty easy to see where the surge & houses was..
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Volume II of my series on the 2012 hurricane season is now up, I only did to Gordon, though I had planned on going all the way up to Leslie, but time is against it so I had to do a follow up, Enjoy!
Link
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At least Vietnam will be spared from Bopha!!!
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please please tell me someone out there made a gif of the moon sweeping by on the GOES visible image.
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Apparently the Victoria's Secret fashion show is on, and I didn't know about it. I think I just lost my man card.
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So random thought. Does the onset of extreme weather as a result of global warming originate from the consequences of the actual warming itself, or is it just the change in climate? I guess what I'm asking is, if say we had 'global cooling' occurring, would weather be getting less extreme?

Imagine global cooling anyway. That would be something. Cities smashing all time records for their coolest summer on record, ridiculously intense cold waves, plethoras of snowy winters. Blah, maybe GW isn't that bad, LOL. And I could only imagine what that would do to hurricane season.

Oh and does anybody know how high the gauge read during the peak of Sandy at Sandy Hook? Given the geography and the angle of approach, it would be reasonable to assume that Sandy Hook was swallowed by storm surge.
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Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services and Administration
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #12
TYPHOON PABLO (BOPHA)
11:00 AM PhST December 5 2012
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Typhoon "PABLO" has slowed down and weakened slightly and is now over northern Palawan.

At 10:00 AM PhST, Typhoon Pablo [976 hPa] located at 10.7°N 119.4°E or 120 km northeast of Puerto Princesa City has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots gusting up to 80 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving northwest at 9 knots.

Signal Warnings
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Signal Warning #3
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Luzon Region
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1. Northern Palawan
2. Calamian Grp. of Islands

Signal Warning #2
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Luzon Region
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1. Rest of Palawan

Visayas Region
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1. Rest of Palawan

Signal Warning #1
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Luzon Region
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1. Orriental Mindoro
2. Occidental Mindoro
3. Lubang Is.

Visayas Region
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1. Antique

Additional Information
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Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10-18 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 400 km diameter of the typhoon.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal #3 and signal #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this typhoon.

Fishing boats and other sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 pm today.
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Quoting JustPlantIt:

Over 25" of rain... are these totals correct? Amazing if they are. Midwest could use some of this rain!


yes...very likely to happen...


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Quoting Slamguitar:


Looks like a death star under construction...


Just over 16 days so this kinda makes sense.


Stay on targ...I mean topic!
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Quoting VaStormGuy:


Well.... that's no moon...


Or is it?? Just a little displaced.


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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Nothing to worry about...just move on...



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Nothing to worry about...just move on...

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Quoting CybrTeddy:


That picture is edited, here's the actual picture they don't want you to see. ;)

Taken 21:15UTC, GOES-E CONUS view.


What do you guys think.. UFO?


Looks like a death star under construction...


Just over 16 days so this kinda makes sense.
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Quoting VaStormGuy:


Well.... that's no moon...

...it's a space station!
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


That picture is edited, here's the actual picture they don't want you to see. ;)

Taken 21:15UTC, GOES-E CONUS view.


What do you guys think.. UFO?


Well.... that's no moon...
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Quoting wxchaser97:

I see a wig and a weird face...


Nah, it used to be Grothar's residence, they threw him out though.. down actually, into a reactor core.

I kid, I kid ;)

But yea, GOES-E often catches the Moon like that, saw it earlier before. What would be great if GOES-14 could get a shot like that, you can see the craters in detail even.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


That picture is edited, here's the actual picture they don't want you to see. ;)

Taken 21:15UTC, GOES-E CONUS view.


What do you guys think.. UFO?

I see a wig and a weird face...
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Quoting VaStormGuy:


GOES East caught a little something extra today on visible...


That picture is edited, here's the actual picture they don't want you to see. ;)

Taken 21:15UTC, GOES-E CONUS view.


What do you guys think.. UFO?
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GOES East caught a little something extra today on visible...
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If you don't like that Community Activity thing just use the old site.
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The Moon made an appearance in the GOES 13 Visible Satellite tonight at sunset, check it out!!

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Thank God Bumbles bounce!
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