On this date: September 18, 1906 + tropical update
On September 18, 1906 a strong typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong wiki day link. In ‘googling about’ for information related to the typhoon, I stumbled across a wonderful reference material “Typhoons affecting Hong Kong: Case Studies” by S. Campbell of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (download pdf version of the report).
On page 55 of the document (page 61 in your acrobat viewer), the author outlines some interesting reports he uncovered in his research. Especially when you consider the year the event occurred, such as did the potential exist for earlier lead times on warnings issued for the shipping industry? Remember the year folks, 1906! Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite wasn’t launched until October 5, 1957! [reference nasa source].
There are a few ‘artist renderings’ in Campbell’s research on the storm, but no actual photographs. Those of you who are weather buffs will appreciate the references and visual aids provided about other storms in his work.
On other news the HPC has added two risk areas since yesterday morning that can be viewed on our tropical weather section. The activity mentioned in the eastern pacific basin has turned into an invest and according to NHC Forecaster Knabb, has the potential to become more interesting.
His latest statement:
ZCZC MIATWOEP ALL TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 1100 AM PDT THU SEP 18 2008 FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE.. 1. A VERY BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE PERSISTS A FEW HUNDRED MILES SOUTH OF THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC AND IS PRODUCING A LARGE BUT DISORGANIZED AREA OF SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS. GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES SLOWLY WESTWARD. ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. $$ FORECASTER KNABB
The Atlantic basin has a new risk area as mentioned above, but my thoughts remain the same as yesterday.