I’m so over typhoons. We just had one 3 weeks ago and now we are going to get another one this weekend. This is a satellite view from yesterday.
This storm seems to be somewhat of an anomaly. Sanba (a place name in Macau or an ancient wooden musical instrument in Okinawa) is an annular typhoon due to the shape of it’s eye, indicative of a very strong and stable typhoon that is unaffected by external conditions. Annular typhoons are smaller, have smaller rain bands, have a large, well-defined eye and they maintain peak intensity longer, even when the weather conditions aren’t good for sustaining a typhoon. There is also no eyewall replacement cycle for an annular typhoon. These types of storms are rare, occurring in about 2% of Western Pacific typhoons.
If you are interested in how the typhoons are named (I was, so I looked it up!), each of the 14 (I also read 17) nations that typhoons affect submit a list of names for a total of 141 names. The names include animals, flowers, astrological signs and a few personal names.
The top is a typhoon that hit us last August. The bottom is the current typhoon.
Last thing I read said Sanba was 700 km across and 650 km from north to south with only a 30 km eye.
I know all this typhoon stuff is not all that interesting, but when it’s weather that is hitting you and it can get pretty severe, I find it completely fascinating. Here’s the most current satellite pic of the storm. It’s currently a Category 5 and expected to hit us as a 4. I’m just wondering how and if this annular storm will be different than any other storm.