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Typhoon Bopha (26W) Passes Over Philippines – December 5th, 2012

14.2N 121.0E

December 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 3rd, 2012

Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 4th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) is a powerful late-season tropical cyclone which formed unusually close to the equator. It is currently located approximately 175 nautical miles north-northwest of Zamboanga, Philippines. At the time this image was captured, however, the storm was still situated by the southeast side of the archipelago.

The system has since passed over the southern part of the Philippines, tracked west-northwestward at 16 knots over the last six hours. After affecting Palau, Bopha made landfall over Mindanao late on December 3, an island devastated by Washi in December 2011, becoming the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit Mindanao in the past 2 decades. Maximum significant wave height is 29 feet.

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