Images from space exhibit the beauty and potentially lethal inlet of Typhoon Noru, Earth’s strongest charge of 2017

U.S. Astronaut Randy Bresnik took this sketch of Typhoon Noru from the International Space Station. (Source: Randy Bresnik/@AstroKomrade around Twitter)

U.S. Astronaut Randy Bresnik took this sketch of Typhoon Noru from the International Space Station. (Source: Randy Bresnik/@AstroKomrade around Twitter)

After a very prolonged and bizarre trip, absolute Typhoon Noru has incited toward Japan.

As of Wednesday afternoon in the U.S., the storm’s limit sustained winds were pegged at about 115 miles per hour, putting it in Category 3 territory. It now looks like Noru will come ashore on Saturday in the northern reaches of the Ryukyu Islands, which widen to the south of Japan’s categorical islands in a peaceful arc.

The foresee from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, which is reflected in the striking below, then takes the charge northward opposite Kyushu Island, where the city of Nagasaki is located, and then out into the Sea of Japan. But some foresee models show Noru bending to the northeast, which would take it on a potentially lethal impetus up along the categorical partial of Japan. As the Associated Press reports:

Japan has already endured several spates of extreme weather this summer, with complicated rains triggering lethal landslides on Kyushu in Jun that killed 37 people and left 6 missing. Torrential rains in northern Japan flooded tools of northern Honshu island in late July.


An animation of satellite imagery shows Typhoon Noru with its projected track. (Source: CIMSS)

Tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 3rd), Noru will start on its third week as a pleasant cyclone. After its birth on Jul 20th, Noru meandered aimlessly in the Pacific at no some-more than Category 1 strength. After doing a do-si-do with a pleasant storm it enervated into a pleasant storm.

But when it wandered into an sourroundings with low wind shear plus very comfortable surface waters at close to 30°C (86°F), Noru exploded into a resounding Super Typhoon with winds swirling at 160 mph. That done it Earth’s strongest charge of the year so far.

Since then, Noru has enervated a bit. But it is still one considerable storm, as conspicuous photographs taken from the International Space Station by wanderer Randy Bresnik show. Check out the one at the top of this post, and also make certain to click on this one:


A second picture of Typhoon Noru as photographed by wanderer Randy Bresnik aboard the International Space Station. (Source: Randy Bresnike/@AstroKomrade around Twitter)

Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite also has had a good perspective of the storm. Here’s an animation of Himawari-8 images covering about 9 hours starting at emergence on Aug. 2, 2017:


An animation of imagery from Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite shows Typhoon Noru in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan. (Source: Japan Meteorological Agency around RAMMB/CIRA)

Make certain to click on the screenshot above to watch the animation. The high fortitude of the imagery reveals excellent details, including comparatively tiny vortices in Noru’s eye and eye wall. (For a detailed reason of these vortical swirls, go here.)

I’ve labeled the next image, also from Himawari-8, to yield the geographic context:


Typhoon Noru, as seen by Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite. (Source: Japan Meteorological Agency around RAMMB/CIRA)

More than the other images, this one reveals just how outrageous the charge really is.

I’ll finish with these additional images of Typhoon Noru, as seen from space and posted to social media:

  • Apparently you know how to use imagery accurately as it should be used. Fine article, Tom, and the images do it justice. (Still on my knees.)

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