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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Howdy folks..Is their any cold air in the pipe line anytime soon thanks...
























It looks like it

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348. Skyepony (Mod)
Wow... & to have it link back to this blog. Masters didn't even mention climate change causing Bopha. More at that link.

Philippine Climate Negotiator: 'Super Typhoon' Bopha Shows Climate Change Is Real
Head of Philippines climate delegation at COP18 says urgent action, new world order are needed


What is needed is nothing short of a new world order, he charges.

"What we need to come to terms is how the whole world is pursuing development. Climate change is a development issue more than an environmental issue, or maybe equally an environmental issue and development issue. So, sustainability is the key here. And all of the things that we are seeing around the world, these are manifestations of unsustainability of practices, of short-sighted practices. And we must be able to arrive at a world order that addresses all of these things."

Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters has reported on the unusual and historic nature of Bopha, writing that the storm was "the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit Mindanao, which rarely sees strong typhoons due to its position close to the Equator," and was the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon recorded.



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That community activity thing is annoying.
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Howdy folks..Is their any cold air in the pipe line anytime soon thanks...






















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345. beell
Quoting bappit:
"Record high temperature set at Houston intercontinental...

a record high temperature of 83 degrees was set at Houston intercontinental today. This breaks the old record of 82 set in 1998."

But we got some rain when a front came through, at least some people did.


Count Dec 1st and 2nd as records at the big airport also, b. About .10" rain here in the eastern part of Harris Co.
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Dzalinda, Russia (Airport)
Updated: 1 hr 26 min 57 sec ago -55 °F
Fog
Humidity: 64%
Dew Point: -59 °F
Wind: Calm

Wind Gust: -
Pressure: 30.75 in (Rising)
Visibility: 31.0 miles
Elevation: 203 ft


Yow. If that were Montana, I would be hugely disappointed with Global Warming!

As it goes, though, it is 51 (+) where I am now (Helena MT).

GreenHOUSE! GreenHOUSE! GreenHOUSE!

May not be politic to say, but some places GW is kinder to than others. That certainly seems to've been true in this region the last 5 years or so: Milder wetter summers and milder wetter winters. It hasn't, here, been much past 20 below and that quite rare, in winter. And I haven't seen 100 degree plus in as many years, though conceivably a day got past me. Ten years and so ago there would be endless days of high 90's and going to 105, which at this altitude, is stressful on just about everything.
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Quoting Dakster:
AussieStorm,

Why don't you like a wet summer?

I thought you liked it hot and wet?

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BTW - I get a kick out of the youtube videos of people throwing hot water/coffee in the air in Fairbanks and seeing it freeze before it hits the ground. And blowing bubbles only to have them freeze/crystalize like xmas tree ornaments.

we've all seen what happens when Australia gets a La Nina season. Hence why I don't want one.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I took all of my grandchildrens toys back to Target.... Look at the money I have saved... Now to go buy 38 bottles of Bacardi rum.



Party at PBW's!
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Quoting Dakster:
AussieStorm,

Why don't you like a wet summer?

I thought you liked it hot and wet?

--

BTW - I get a kick out of the youtube videos of people throwing hot water/coffee in the air in Fairbanks and seeing it freeze before it hits the ground. And blowing bubbles only to have them freeze/crystalize like xmas tree ornaments.

I like the hissing sound pots of water make as it freezes, but I haven't seen the bubble videos. Link?
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Quoting JustPlantIt:

This person is not sane and I responded to this post......

Still it was a good laugh.
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"Record high temperature set at Houston intercontinental...

a record high temperature of 83 degrees was set at Houston intercontinental today. This breaks the old record of 82 set in 1998."

But we got some rain when a front came through, at least some people did.
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Quoting Dakster:
AussieStorm,

Why don't you like a wet summer?

I thought you liked it hot and wet?

--

BTW - I get a kick out of the youtube videos of people throwing hot water/coffee in the air in Fairbanks and seeing it freeze before it hits the ground. And blowing bubbles only to have them freeze/crystalize like xmas tree ornaments.
On the hot and wet note..... HA gotta go to bed. Nice thought for those of us who think:)
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AussieStorm,

Why don't you like a wet summer?

I thought you liked it hot and wet?

--

BTW - I get a kick out of the youtube videos of people throwing hot water/coffee in the air in Fairbanks and seeing it freeze before it hits the ground. And blowing bubbles only to have them freeze/crystalize like xmas tree ornaments.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Is that Levi?????

Sure hope he's not the 1 wearing the bra....

evening all...
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
That community activity thing is annoying.
Anytime I comment anywhere for anything everybody knows.
lol.
I'm starting to think it's causing me problems as a script error keeps slowing the page download of late...

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Quoting JustPlantIt:

This person is not sane and I responded to this post......
This sucks.
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Quoting AussieStorm:


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The best laugh I've had in days.
This person is not sane and I responded to this post......
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331. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #75
TYPHOON BOPHA (T1224)
9:00 AM JST December 5 2012
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SUBJECT: Category Three Typhoon In Sulu Sea

At 0:00 AM UTC, Typhoon Bopha (975 hPa) located at 9.8N 119.8E has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots with gusts of 95 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 10 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T4.0

Storm Force Winds
================
50 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
===============
150 NM from the center

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 11.5N 116.7E - 70 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon) South China Sea
48 HRS: 12.5N 114.7E - 75 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon) South China Sea
72 HRS: 12.9N 113.6E - 75 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon) South China Sea
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Gave him an earful of Irish/Aries here!!!!!!!!!!
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Will There Be A White Christmas This Year?
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Quoting Bielle:


That was funny, that last sentence.
So, he did you too. Made me mad.
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Quoting VirginIslandsVisitor:
Mr.Mixon,

You guys had me laughing over here! When the islanders ask me to explain how -30 or -40 feels, I tell them exactly what you just said. The only other thing that I would add is that horrible squeaking sound like like two pieces of styrofoam being rubbed together when walking on the snow. That's almost as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard!

Lindy


Oh yeah, can't forget that SQREEK SQREEK SQREEK of your feet in the snow... the styrofoam analogy is a good one. It's hard to describe the sound the car tires make as they drive past... the same sort of squeek/crunch sound, but constant.

It was also surreal to see all the parked cars running with no drivers inside in Fairbanks. Unless you have an engine block heater and a way to plug it in you have to leave your engine running to keep your oil from freezing. Since grocery parking lots don't usually have places to plug in, most people just leave the engine running while they get their groceries, etc. I asked somebody about car theft... they shrugged and said "there's no place to SELL a stolen car around here. The only place to go is Anchorage and it's a 6.5 hour drive... and there's only one road to get you there... so it'd be trivial for cops to catch you."
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326. Skyepony (Mod)
Another great TRMM pass of Bopha today. Click pic for a small quicktime. There is a lot of extremely heavy rain in the CDO.

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Quoting AussieStorm:
What is the Probability of a White Christmas? Find that Answer and Other Christmas Climatology Here...

Not enough of a chance is the chance for me! :p
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Another shot from the ISS.

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This happened here in Sydney yesterday. The little sister is her big sisters guardian angel.

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
For those of you with kids...you have to watch the classic Rudolph on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Love the 'Humble Bumble'!
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JFK airport has had zero visibility for the last 4 hours. Arriving flights average delay over 40 mins.
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Quoting nymore:


Maybe bad news Aussie.

While not strong the SOI is also positive


A wet winter is ok but not a wet summer.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
What is the Probability of a White Christmas? Here...


For me over 95%
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Mr.Mixon,

You guys had me laughing over here! When the islanders ask me to explain how -30 or -40 feels, I tell them exactly what you just said. The only other thing that I would add is that horrible squeaking sound like like two pieces of styrofoam being rubbed together when walking on the snow. That's almost as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard!

Lindy
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What is the Probability of a White Christmas? Find that Answer and Other Christmas Climatology Here...
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For those of you with kids...you have to watch the classic Rudolph on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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Quoting AussieStorm:


Two words. (BEEEEP) NO!!!!!


Maybe bad news Aussie.

While not strong the SOI is also positive



You know what 2 months in a row means right
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Quoting MrMixon:


Well, it's just like regular fog... but ice crystals instead of water droplets. When it's that cold (i.e. -20F or lower) it feels like burning when you breathe it in. A little bit like how the CO2 from soda will burn your nose if you burp it. I'm not sure how it works, but the first couple breaths are the worst... then somehow your body adjusts. But your nose hairs will freeze almost instantly below -20F and they don't really unfreeze until you warm up. I ended up breathing through my mouth a lot, although that starts to make your throat a little sore.

A few years ago I was working in Fairbanks, Alaska in January and one morning the temp was something like -30F with ice fog. The hotel hostess REFUSED to let me walk ~8 blocks to my job site... insisted I take a cab. Later that day when I was done working I defied her advice and decided to walk back to the hotel and take some pictures along the way. I was dressed in full winter gear (thermal underwear, double gloves, wool socks with liners, the works). Because I knew I had a warm place to go to I stayed out until my feet and hands were sore and difficult to move... it took about 25 minutes.


Thank you. Good description. I lived in cold places but not that cold so I never experienced it.
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Quoting Tango01:


What is ice fog? How does it feel?


Well, it's just like regular fog... but ice crystals instead of water droplets. When it's that cold (i.e. -20F or lower) it feels like burning when you breathe it in. A little bit like how the CO2 from soda will burn your nose if you burp it. I'm not sure how it works, but the first couple breaths are the worst... then somehow your body adjusts. But your nose hairs will freeze almost instantly below -20F and they don't really unfreeze until you warm up. I ended up breathing through my mouth a lot, although that starts to make your throat a little sore.

A few years ago I was working in Fairbanks, Alaska in January and one morning the temp was something like -30F with ice fog. The hotel hostess REFUSED to let me walk ~8 blocks to my job site... insisted I take a cab. Later that day when I was done working I defied her advice and decided to walk back to the hotel and take some pictures along the way. I was dressed in full winter gear (thermal underwear, double gloves, wool socks with liners, the works). Because I knew I had a warm place to go to I stayed out until my feet and hands were sore and difficult to move... it took about 25 minutes.
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Quoting nymore:
Could we be seeing the start of another La-Nina, after all it is about xmas. It has really started cooling in the last 2 or 3 weeks

Sea surface anomaly map





Also Nino 3.4 index is falling



Two words. (BEEEEP) NO!!!!!
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Could we be seeing the start of another La-Nina, after all it is about xmas. It has really started cooling in the last 2 or 3 weeks (Zones 1 and 2)

Sea surface anomaly map





Also Nino 3.4 index is falling

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Quoting Tango01:


What is ice fog? How does it feel?

Cold. lol
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Quoting TomballTXPride:




YES!!!




Must of has a tonne of toys to take back.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
And it's dark nearly 22 hours a day now... When it gets that cold ice fog becomes a big problem... Lived there for 2 years


What is ice fog? How does it feel?
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
That community activity thing is annoying.
Anytime I comment anywhere for anything everybody knows.
lol.

It also erratically pauses after like 2 or 3 minutes when I don't want it to.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
It has been a long time since I've made a poll, so here goes one.

Q: Should the Atlantic hurricane season start date be pushed back from June 1 to May 15?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Makes no difference to me

I'll pick A.
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That community activity thing is annoying.
Anytime I comment anywhere for anything everybody knows.
lol.
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Quoting nymore:
Temperature in Fairbanks AK -35F at 2:45pm

That's cold
And it's dark nearly 22 hours a day now... When it gets that cold ice fog becomes a big problem... Lived there for 2 years
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