Super Typhoon Yolanda

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood

 

Sadly it appears that at least 1000 lives have been lost in Typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan), that has just hit the Philippines. There appear to have been many unsubstantiated claims about its size, though these now appear to start being replaced by accurate information.

Nevertheless the BBC are still reporting today

Typhoon Haiyan – one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall …….The storm made landfall shortly before dawn on Friday, bringing gusts that reached 379km/h (235 mph).

  

Unfortunately we cannot always trust the BBC to give the facts these days, so let’s see what the Philippine Met Agency, PAGASA, have to say.

 

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http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/tcarchive_files.html

http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/wbfcst.html

 

 

So at landfall the sustained wind was 235 kmh or 147 mph, with gusts upto 275 kmh or 171 mph. This is 60 mph less than the BBC have quoted.

The maximum strength reached…

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22 Responses to Super Typhoon Yolanda

  1. Andy says:

    I posted on that site, Seems a nice chap who hates the BBC and the Daily Mail more than actually getting some scientific data points to back up his claim. All he has done has found a web site that has a value that he “prefers” so he pushes that forward rather than being scientific.

    No wonder he has moderation on, probably gets his ass ripped all the time from his bumblings and so has to put it on, so he feels like he is “always right”

    Glad you are not like that Steve, we have our differences but you always put the comments in, much appreciated. Raises you above that dumbfuuck. He reads the Daily Mail as well. Hmmm….

    Andy

    PS Surprised you have not gone more on Atlantic hurricane season recently, that has been a damp squib. So few At. hurricanes and lots of ice ! :)

    • Andy, You’re being daft! You say “All he has done has found a web site that has a value that he ‘prefers’”. The website he has so randomly cherry-picked is only the Philipines Government Met Office. In view of the fact the event they are reporting is in fact meteorology in the Philippines, they are far more authoritative than the luvvies at the BBC. (Also, more scientific and professional)

      But if you would prefer to be informed by the BBC – feel free . . .

    • X says:

      … and it was a Cat 4 after all! :-)

  2. Stewart Pid says:

    It is almost as though they are confusing the kilometres and miles per hour and then happily let the error stand since it supports the “its worse than we thought” obsessive-compulsive alarmism.

  3. gator69 says:

    We have our own destructive Yolanda, who may in fact be deadlier.

  4. bobmaginnis says:

    “The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center said maximum sustained winds in the Category 5 storm were 195 mph with gusts to 235 mph.” (but it slowed after making landfall, which is to be expected.)

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-typhoon-haiyan-superstorm-sandy-katrina-20131108,0,4183555.story#axzz2k4sTa9Lx

    • John B., M.D. says:

      So, who do you believe – LA Times, JTWC’s satellite measurements, or PAGASA’s wind measurements ten (10) meters above the ground at the point of landfall? (Hint: by convention, hurricane wind speed 10 meters above the ground is the official wind speed measurement.)

    • Comparing estimated wind speeds at altitude hours earlier over the open ocean, to other hurricanes’ measured ground speeds is something that only a liar or fool would do.

  5. Anything is possible says:

    “Sustained winds of 235km/h (147mph) with gusts of 275km/h (170mph)”

    “One of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall”

    The carrier pigeon bearing the right story finally arrives at the BBC :

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887337

  6. joekano76 says:

    I think you’ve jumped the gun on this one, and at the same time repeated the mistakes you criticize others for. The storm path is evidence of massive destruction and death and rather than wait for the evidence to emerge you fed off the initial incomplete reports. Poor example, Steve. We expect better. And for context, I am here on the ground in the Philippines.

  7. ristoi says:

    In this Typhoon Haiyan’s case stevengoddard made big mistake when he/she/they starts belittle catastrophe. I wish better better tomorrow.

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