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Typhoon Meranti Only Cat 2 At Landfall

September 15, 2016

By Paul Homewood   




Final update from JTWC on Typhoon Meranti suggests it made landfall at 90 Kts, or about 103 mph, equivalent to a Cat 2 hurricane.




  1. A C Osborn permalink
    September 15, 2016 9:20 am

    Odd how all these “Super Duper, Mega” Huricanes and Typhoons over the last couple of years suddenly lose all their power when they get somewhere that someone can actually measure their wind speeds etc.

    • September 15, 2016 5:55 pm

      A C, it is quite common for Category 5 tropical cyclones to weaken significantly before striking land. The Philippines and Taiwan probably have the most hits by storms with Category 5 winds at landfall. You can look at historical tropical cyclone tracks worldwide here, including an option to filter by Category 5 storms only:

      • A C Osborn permalink
        September 15, 2016 7:58 pm

        Oz, in the past I have looked at historic data for Hurricanes & Typhoons.
        The only official data before the satellite era was from ground based weather centres, it was augmented by Aircraft radiosondes, but they were not normally part of the official record.
        So when they said it was a Cat 4 or 5 it really was a Cat 4 or 5.
        Now every major Tropical Storm is a Cat 5 when measured by Satellite data, in fact there is even talk of the need for a Cat 6 as they have become so powerful.
        Except they never are that powerful when they reach the same weather stations that measured the real thing.
        This is typical over-hyping by Climate alarmists and the “record breaking” values are never corrected after the MSM has splashed them all over the world, so that is the only thing in the Public’s memory..

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    September 15, 2016 9:20 am

    I suppose that should read “most of their power” and not all of it.

  3. September 15, 2016 2:12 pm

    Fox News was reporting this morning that this hurricane had 190 mph winds, implying it hit the mainland at that speed. One female anchor said: “Can you imagine being in that!”

    She is not a meteorologist so I guess she has an excuse for not being up to date on the hurricane. But she did leave an erroneous impression about the storm. Inadvertently, I’m sure.

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