Earth’s strongest storm so far in 2017 may be a threat to Japan by next weekend.
Super Typhoon Noru showed explosive development into a Category 5 storm over the weekend. Noru rapidly deepened into the first Category 5 storm on earth in 2017. “Super typhoon” status is achieved when a storm’s winds reach 150 mph.
— NWS OPC (@NWSOPC) July 30, 2017
Noru’s winds increased 90 mph in about 18 hours. That’s stunningly rapid intensification for a tropical system.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) July 31, 2017
The images coming in from Noru are stunning.
— UW-Madison CIMSS (@UWCIMSS) July 30, 2017
The storm symmetry is awesome from space.
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) July 31, 2017
Check out the ye at sunrise via rapid-scan imagery.
— Dan Lindsey (@DanLindsey77) July 30, 2017
Noru’s rapid intensification is partially due to what’s known as the Fujiwhara effect. When two storms spin around each other, one can absorb the energy of the second.
— Hank Dolce (@tropicstopics) July 21, 2017
Noru’s track is still uncertain, but many models suggest Noru will likely approach southern Japan by next weekend.
— UW-Madison CIMSS (@UWCIMSS) July 31, 2017
Noru may make more news in the days ahead.