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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.

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) Near Philippines – October 10th, 2012

14.1N 128.2E

October 10th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) – October 10th, 2012

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Track of Typhoon Prapiroon (22W) - October 10th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 22W

Typhoon Prapiroon (22W), located approximately 505 nm south-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, has tracked west-northwestward at 5 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 32 feet.

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) Affecting Philippines – September 25th, 2012

16.0N 126.6E

September 25th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) – September 25th, 2012

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Track of Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) - September 25th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 18W

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) is currently churning across the Philippines Sea. Jelawat became a dangerous storm over the weekend with a perfectly symmetrical circulation and clear, well-defined eye. The storm underwent explosive intensification, almost doubling strength over the course of 12 hours.

Super Typhoon Jelawat is currently located approximately 400 nautical miles east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, having tracked northward at 4 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 45 feet.

Despite being hundreds of miles away from the Philippines, the system has already brought gusty thunderstorms and drenching rains to the eastern-half of the islands. As the system drifts north and eastward, it will bring the potential to bring major impacts to the islands.

While a direct landfall is not currently forecast, the system’s proximity to Luzon could still lead to serious impacts. Heavy and gusty showers and thunderstorms are expected to bombard the island for days to come. Due to the mountainous terrain of Luzon and much of the Philippines, extreme rainfall amounts, flash-flooding and mudslides are possible. Jelawat is forecast to pass east of Luzon, on a northward path generally near Taiwan.

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