Here's a wrap-up of tropical activity, which while winding down in some ocean basins, is still in high-gear for others.
The menacing storm pictured above is Super Typhoon Jelawat in the Philippine Sea. I thought I'd write briefly about this monstrous swirl packing 160 mph winds; that's equivalent to a Cat 5 hurricane! Typhoons are the same are hurricanes, except they occur in the Western Pacific on the other side of the International Date line. This dangerous storm several hundred miles wide could come close to Taiwan in the next few days.
Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Nadine today became the longest-lasting storm of the season. Here's a recent satellite image:
And here's the track of the storm, showing a brush with the Azores and then doing a rare reversal in direction, headed back toward the north Atlantic:
Finally, there's Miriam, a Pacific hurricane with Cat 1 strength that may come close to Baja California before weakening.
The hope for us is that some of Miriam's moisture drifts our way increasing our rain chances by the end of this week.