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Typhoon Yolanda The Strongest Since 2006

November 10, 2013

By Paul Homewood






Typhoon Yolanda is claimed to be the strongest storm ever, with gusts of 275 kph.

Yet back in 2006, Typhoon Reming recorded 320 kph.


And in 1970, Typhoon Sening registered the same 275 kph.





All figures are from the Philippine Met Agency, PAGOSA, and are calculated on the same basis, as the windspeeds at landfall.

So why are we being lied to?

  1. Brian H permalink
    November 11, 2013 12:50 am

    Definitely the strongest this summer.

  2. Andy DC permalink
    November 11, 2013 1:59 am

    What was central pressure of Yolanda at landfall?

  3. November 11, 2013 8:57 am

    Two reasons, Paul:
    1 – To attract more foreign emergency aid
    2 – to persuade insurance companies to pay up

  4. November 12, 2013 11:25 am

    We have talked a lot about this in a previous entry. But the numbers for comparison in rankings seem to be maximum sustained wind speeds rather than gusts. I would think that gust speeds are too highly variable to give you stable enough numbers to use for comparison. Even the 1 minute maximum sustained wind speeds may be too “gusty” for comparison.

    The JMA, which uses the 10 minute readings as PAGASA does, shows Yolanda (Haiyan) as having higher sustained maximum wind speeds than Reming (Durian.)

    Yolanda – 125 knots.

    Reming – 105 knots.

    As we touched on in other comments. Any reading from 1970 are probably WAG’s (wild ass guesses.)

  5. Mervyn permalink
    November 12, 2013 11:35 am

    I note the rush by celebrity and political global warming alarmists, trying to turn this event into proof of man-made global warming… no longer the work of Mother Nature, but the work of evil humans.

    Which begs the question – then what caused Cyclone Tracy that destroyed Darwin Australia back in December 1974?

    Interestingly, the anemometer (wind speed instrument) during Cyclone Tracy failed as winds exceed 217 km/hr but Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology estimated maximum windspeed to be 250 km/hr. It was a mother of all cyclones!

    Honestly, people have to stop this silly nonsense of blaming humans for causing extreme weather events. Similar recorded events have been happening for centuries. If alarmists bothered to educate themselves about extreme weather events of the past, they would not dare make silly statements like blaming Yolanda on man-made global warming.

  6. Ian permalink
    November 13, 2013 3:08 am

    Andy DC
    I’ve seen that the CP at landfall was somewhere between 895mb and 904mb. But all figures regarding this typhoon are still up in the air.

  7. millavas permalink
    January 4, 2014 2:01 pm

    one possible reason why yolanda is being considered the strongets so far compared to reming because during typhoon reming the locals on afected areas where on blackout no electricity for 2 months due to typhoon millenio max winds was arround 200. then reming striked on teh crippled cities and provinces.


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