NASA published an infrared picture of cloud temperatures from the Tropical Depression 08W, this year’s return of the tropical cyclone.
The picture was taken by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder from NASA’s Aqua satellite. It started on the 7th of August at 10:11 PM EDT, indicating that the thunderstorms were wearing off in strength.
On the 8th of August, the winds reached 34.5 mph at 364 nautical miles west-southwest of Wake Island. The depression moved towards west-northwest, at a speed of 4.6 mph.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimates that the storm will become a typhoon sometime before the 11th of August.
The storms form in the west part of the Pacific Ocean, and will continue all the year long. The tipical cyclones develop between the months of May and October.
The tropical depressions are monitored by the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the Philippine’s Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, and the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
2016 Pacific Typhoon Season
The first system occurred on the 26th of May, which was quite a late start of the typhoon season in the Pacific.
In June, two tropical systems developed, both manageable. The second one was named Ambo.
July came with a more severe typhoon, which was called Nepartak and lasted for more than a week. It was followed by several other events, one severe tropical storm named Mirinae and a typhoon named Nida that prolonged until the beginning of August and was followed by other four storms.
A tropical cyclone gets a name after it has a 10-minute constant wind speed of 40 mph. The list of names used by the Japanese Agency is developed by the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee, while the Philippines uses its own naming scheme.
The Effects of Tropical Depression 08W
So far, the most dangerous storm of the season was Nepartak. It occurred between the 2nd until the`10th of July, it had sustained wind speeds of 130 mph and a pressure of 26.58 inHg.
Nepartak affected Taiwan, Philippines, Ryukyu Islands and China. The typhoon killed 86 people in just one week. The estimated material damage was of $1.52 billion.
Later in July, Mirianae produced $289 million damage in China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, and five people lost their lives during the severe tropical storm.
The end of July brought along another typhoon, Nida, which hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The storm killed four people and did a $76.9 million damage.
The four other tropical depressions and tropical storms from August did not produce any damage.
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