A NASA satellite photo shows Typhoon Nuri. (Photo: NASA via AP)
You probably didn't hear much about Super Typhoon Nuri. It didn't hit any big population centers in the West Pacific but:
According to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Nuri's maximum 1-minute sustained winds reached 180 mph Sunday afternoon, November 2, and remained there through 7 a.m. EST the following day (9 p.m. Japanese time). This tied October's Super Typhoon Vongfong for the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014, according to JTWC estimates.
This weekend the remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri slammed into Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
The storm surpassed the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy as measured by pressure, but a lack of measuring stations in the remote region means meteorologists didn't have much more data. Sandy caused at least 182 deaths and $65 billion in damage on the East Coast. Nuri, in contrast, hit a sparsely populated region with just a few small communities where people are accustomed to severe weather.
The amazing thing is that this former typhoon will cause Winter to come early in the much of the USA.
The system was expected to cause the jet stream to “buckle,” pushing cold air into much of the continental USA this week, said Bob Oravec, National Weather Service forecaster.
Dan Pydynowski, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, said Minneapolis should brace for 6-10 inches of snow Monday. Parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could all see 6 inches or more of snow in the next couple of days, Erdman added.
A swath of the nation's center will see high temperatures up to 30 degrees below average by Monday and Tuesday, Pydynowksi said. His forecast highs for Billings, Mont.: 54 on Sunday, 20 degrees Tuesday.
As the system moves south, it will leave the snow behind, Pydynowski said, but not the cold. The high in Dallas will be be 70 degrees on Monday he said. By Thursday, the high there will be in the 40s.
So an early Winter will be caused by a super typhoon which was caused by a warming Pacific Ocean. I find this stuff fascinating. It explains why it's next to impossible to explain climate change to a wide range of people in the United States and, of course, this let's the worse storm possible, Super Hurricane Deniers, continue it's destructive path across the planet.