Super Typhoon Nuri Underwent Explosive Intensification Over the Weekend, One of the Strongest of 2014
Super Typhoon Nuri, which developed in the warm waters of the western Pacific on Thursday, is now packing winds faster than 165-mph — well into the Category 5 range, on the Saffir Simpson Scale. And Nuri’s rise to the top of that scale is impressive, to say the least.
Nuri went from sustained winds of 85-mph — on Saturday — to a 180-mph monster, just 24 hours later. Nuri has nearly matched the intensity of Super Typhoon Vongfong, which is widely regarded as the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2014 season.
The latest update from the Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center has Nuri’s maximum sustained winds at 165-mph and gusts passing 200-mph. Luckily, the current forecast has Nuri staying well away from any major population centers. At present, the storm is located about 535 miles west-southwest of the remote island of Iwa To and is moving northeast at 12-mph.
The forecast has Nuri slowly losing steam in the coming days, eventually becoming a minimal typhoon by the end of the day, on Thursday. While the Japanese Archipelago won’t take a direct hit, most of the eastern shore of Honshu will deal with heavy surf and perhaps some gusty winds.
What happens after Nuri passes Japan is when things get interesting.
Nuri will become “extra-topical” and move into the prevailing jet pattern near the Kamchatka Peninsula, ultimately being swept east. It will likely get caught up in the Bering Sea, bobbling around for a few days, before impacting the Aleutian Islands in the middle of next week.
The models are also indicating the low — with a maritime polar airmass — could impact the Pacific Northwest late next week. That said, long-range models seldom verify 10 days later. WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping an eye on the system and bring you updates as needed, both on-air and online.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond