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Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) Heading Towards Philippines

8.4N 131.4E

December 26th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) – December 24th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) - December 25th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 27W

Tropical Storm Wukong (27W), also called Quinta, is located approximately 220 nautical miles southeast of Manila, Philippines. The system has tracked west-northwestward at 15 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 14 feet.

Hundreds Dead and Missing in Philippines Due to Typhoon Bopha (26W)

12.7N 116.2E

December 10th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 8th, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 8th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

This image shows Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) as it passed over the Philippines and weakened to a Tropical Depression. On the day this image was captured, nearly 600 fatalities had been confirmed, and hundreds were still missing as the storm made a U-turn and threatened the country’s northwest.

The following day, Bopha weakened into a Low Pressure Area as it passed over the northern part of the Philippines. The tail end of a cold front contributed to the dissipation of the storm. Currently, 548 people are confirmed dead and 827 are missing.

Typhoon Bopha (26W) Over Palawan Island, Philippines – December 7th, 2012

9.8N 118.7E

December 7th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

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

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 6th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) is located approximately 320 nautical miles west of Manila, Philippines. The system has tracked north-northwestward at 08 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 20 feet.

Also visible in these images is the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which allows users to download images with countries’ outlines superimposed over cloudcover. Although the typhoon obscures the land and sea below it, thanks to this feature, the outline of Palawan Island can be seen directly below the center of the storm (best observed upon opening full image).

Palawan Island is the largest island of the Palawan Province, Philippines. The northern coast of the island is along the South China Sea, while the southern coast forms part of the northern limit of the Sulu Sea. This island has abundant wildlife, jungle mountains, and white sandy beaches.

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.

Typhoon Bopha (26W) East of Philippines

7.4N 134.9E

December 3rd, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 2nd, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 2nd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (STY 26W) has tracked westward at 15 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 48 feet. The system is located approximately 185 nm west of Palau, is an island country that is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia, in the western Pacific Ocean. Visible west of the system are the Philippines.

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