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Super Typhoon Haiyan Just Broke All Scientific Intensity Scales

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Writing for Quartz, meteorologist Eric Holthaus says that the super typhoon Haiyan about to hit the Philippines is the worst storm he has ever seen.


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Kit B (276)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:29 am
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Writing for Quartz, meteorologist Eric Holthaus says that the super typhoon Haiyan about to hit the Philippines is the worst storm he has ever seen. With sustained winds of 190mph (305km/h) and staggering gusts of 230mph (370km/h), its "intensity has actually ticked slightly above the maximum to 8.1 on an 8.0 scale." Updated: It broke 235mph. Videos of the impact added.

Holthaus says that Yolanda—its Filipino name—beats "Wilma (2005) in intensity by 5mph—that was the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic," which makes it a member of the select club of Worst Storms Ever in the Planet. Only three other storms since 1969 have reached this intensity.

That's certainly foreboding enough, but the humanitarian disaster that may unfold could be immense. The latest forecast track by the JTWC shows Haiyan passing very near Tacloban, a city of a quarter million people, and Cebu, a city of nearly one million people.

Kit B (276)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:29 am

Thanks Mike - I picked this up from your Face book posting.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:38 am
In the words of the sage, "This ain't no good." Stand by for a Bangladesh-sized disaster. Cross your fingers and say a prayer.

Debbie G (306)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:40 am
Wow. Very scary. And with climate change, storms are going to continue to get worse.

JL A (281)
Friday November 8, 2013, 12:32 pm
My heart grieves with the people affected especially given that had world leaders addressed climate change sooner, the damage and injuries would have been expected to be less.

Gene J (290)
Friday November 8, 2013, 12:58 pm
All one can say to this is, get used to it. I read an article yesterday on yet another new report on climate change but even the eminent scientists who are virtually all in agreement that we have passed the point of no return are still missing part of the point. It mentioned that last year there were 3 1000 year floods. 3 of them. It mentioned quite correctly that actions need be taken immediately to do whatever possible to mitigate the coming disasters. But it talked about things like building coastal barriers against rising sea levels. As if those could withstand the tsunamis coming. Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth captured something that NO one is talking about. And that is vital in this ongoing discussion. The LAST time our atmosphere had more than 400ppm CO2 in it, it shut down the oceanic vectoring system, which triggered an ice age that covered the entire planet in a mile deep at the equator, sheath of ice. That can take 30,000 to 50,000 years to recede. That WILL happen as a result of global warming and climate change. These monster storms are just harbingers of what is to come, as dreadful and destructive as they are, it can still be said, "we ain't seen nothing yet."

The article talked about the recent phenomenon of storms that used to move through quickly dropping 1 to 3 inches of rain as they went by, now moving much slower and dropping 4-8 inches of rain and causing flash flooding the likes of which we have never seen in Minnesota. March 2012 here set more than 700 records for heat - we had an entire week in the middle of March when it is normally high 30's to low 40's, in the 80's. 2013 has seen 76% of the state in extreme drought, the other 24% flooded. The weather patterns have become completely unpredictable. The "mood" swings of Mother Nature ever wilder. If and when that oceanic vectoring system shuts down again? That will mark the beginning of the end of every oxygen breathing species on the planet. Our human hubris allows us to say we will, or are, killing the planet. That's not possible, it will simply kill us, rehabilitate itself and continue on. Hopefully with a sentient species a lot smarter than we. We, who have created this monstrosity won't live to see the brutal end, we give that to our heirs. Somehow, I don't think they will appreciate the "gift".

Virgene L (53)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:25 pm
What an amazingly INTENSE storm. May we take the right steps to start addressing climate change! Hope they are well prepared and evacuated.

Mike M (40)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
That was a hell of a storm and the peoples of the Philippines have so many storms this year. If this had hit the US people would be screaming and the corporations and elites would be asking for handout while they jacked up prices to cash in on the tragedy.

Barbara K (62)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:58 pm
What a terrible storm. I feel so badly for all those gentle people.

Bob P (394)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
thanks Kit

Angelika R (143)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:02 pm
Mike, they'll get theirs soon enough...wait for it. If only some of the climatchange denying legislators would ever be caught in a disaster like that.

Pat B (356)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:12 pm
235 mph.!!!!! YIKES. My prayers to the folks impacted by this intense typhoon, and also Vietnam and it's inhabitants, as the storm heads their way. Thanks, Kit for this update.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
Pat B: Typo--235 km/h, 150 mph.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 2:26 am
Noted, thanks.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:18 am
This may well be the new norm. Likely the scales used to measure the intensity of storms will have to be revised upward.

. (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 7:22 am
Some unholy angel playing the HAARP that shouldn't be played again? Climate change is relevant but how much is deliberately caused by human machinations? They have a global HAARP grid, two of which are in Australia? No one seems to touch on this fact.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 7:22 am
Surprised we haven't heard more of this as it hit Friday and as I understand it 12 million people was in the storms path, my prayers are with them.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 8:40 am
....but...there's no climate change or global warming.....right? (Why yes, that IS a big factitious smirk on my face directed at all the nay-sayers). What Gene said.....get used to it because .....we have passed the point of no return.

Nature 1 Willfully IGNERNT humanity a really big, fat frikken ZERO.

Timothy S (29)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:09 am
An the republican climate deniers, might claim it was their jewish god punishing them. If this Super Typhoon and Super Storm Sandy isn't proof of the climate changing in real time, I don't know what it will take? Sadly this probably won't change many climate change deniers minds.

Shaheen N (64)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:52 am
Noted & signed

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 1:39 pm
Noted & posted

Roger G (148)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 2:02 pm
noted, thanks

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 5:38 pm

The storm has hit land and the last report I heard was that 10.2 million people are in peril from related causes of this storm. There are always so many things that are affected by these storms, wind damage, flooding, families separated, animals separated from the family, lack of food and clean water and of course loss of all services. Unfortunately a very death count is also expected. If you can donate to help: $5.00 from each member at Care 2 would help feed many children and animals. Please consider doing what you can.

This may help as well:

Please do not forget the animals: Humane Society International and ASPCA International

Do not confuse SPCA International - this is not a legitimate organization.

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 5:40 pm

Just a note about charities, before you make the choice, be sure your money goes to help and not to high priced executives.

Jessica K (103)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 5:41 pm
This is absolutely awful. My heart goes out to the countless masses of people, and of course as mentioned, the animals as well. Noted and thank you.

Athena F (131)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Thank you Kit. Hang on tight everyone, mother nature is pissed and who can blame her? Be kind to each other, do what you can. Watch for those evil internet trolls who will try to scream NOT to help these people with our tax money, etc. Sad how fear brings out the worst in people when we need to band together the most.

Marie W (67)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 8:26 pm
More to come..

Mehmet Burk (1)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 4:53 am
Thanks Kit, noted. Your resources are terrific.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 5:59 am
10,000 possible dead. The records keep being broken, Australia had to add a new heat index to it's charts. We have record rains, record droughts, record fires, record storms of every which kind. We can blame those in the Industry, Wall Street, and Bankers, they certainly take the lions share of the blame. We can also fault those who are elected for catering to the Oil Barons wants and desires. But we also have ourselves to fault as well for the date of November 5 just rolled around when more could of joined those who did get out on the streets to raise up in numbers with their voices.

We can sit back and continue to moan, groan, and many of us have done some things, petitions, calling DC or other Leaders, some have cut back on their consumption, but unless as many who can possibly do so join in the streets they fail to see "our" desires. And make no mistake this is for pure survival for as this intensifies it will leave many wandering the globe with no food, no home, no work, nothing. Land will become less able to support us all as it will be in drought or under water.

Those who can, and I don't know who those are, the one's in control of some positions will have to wrestle the reigns away from those who have us on a path of destruction. They must do so, as human beings, as it is the only way for our leaders are NOT taking this seriously enough. There should be a major push and National policy in EVERY Country and other than some "token" moves to placate a few environmental groups this isn't sufficient to pull us back from what we are already on the brink with the 400 ppm CO2. Once that methane is released from the ocean bed and the thawing of the permafrost it will be all over for most life, as this is gas we will all die from. What will come first, the snowball or the gas either way we are done for. Foolish we are.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:34 am

Don't worry Dandelion there is no real typhoon killing people in the Philippines, Sandy, Katrina and Ike are just illusions created by liberals. We are fools to have allowed this topic to be hijacked for so many years that we are now facing the abyss. Debate? Who is going to debate a bleeding artery? Fools that find a way to make money on the bleed.

JL A (281)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 12:08 pm
Enlightened theologians are calling the failure to address humankind's contributions to climate change and severe weather evil or evil incarnate; I can see how this represents a Biblically-based failure to provide the stewardship of the earth as commanded in scripture.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:33 pm
Kit, Thank you for the list. It came as live links on facebook.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:41 pm
Michael Kirkby (76)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 7:22 am
Some unholy angel playing the HAARP that shouldn't be played again? Climate change is relevant but how much is deliberately caused by human machinations? They have a global HAARP grid, two of which are in Australia? No one seems to touch on this fact."

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