Stunning Satellite imagery of Super Typhoon #Meranti

Simply jaw dropping.

Typhoon Meranti was only a category 2 on landfall in China. 

Typhoon Meranti, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ferdie, was the strongest typhoon since Typhoon Megi in 2010 in terms of pressure, the strongest since Typhoon Haiyan of 2013 in terms of maximum sustained winds, as well as the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2016.


By early on September 11, the storm’s movement was steady to the west-northwest, south of the ridge.[10] At 06:00 UTC that day, the JMA upgraded Meranti to typhoon status,[11] and shortly thereafter the JTWC followed suit.[12]  The storm’s structure continued to improve, with increased outflow.[13] A small eye 9 km (5.6 mi) across developed within the spiraling thunderstorms, signaling that Meranti wasrapidly intensifying.[14] At 06:00 UTC on September 12, the JTWC upgraded Meranti to a super typhoon, with 1-minute maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph).[15] Six hours later, the JTWC esimated that Meranti attained an intensity equivalent to Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, estimating winds of 285 km/h (180 mph), noting that the eye became even more symmetric within the intense convection, located within “an extremely favorable environment”.[16] A strong anticyclone over Meranti fueled the intensification,[17] and the typhoon peaked in intensity on September 13 while passing through the Luzon Strait. The JMA estimated peak 10 minute winds of 240 km/h (140 mph) and a minimum barometric pressure of 890 mbar (26.28 inHg),[citation needed] while the JTWC estimated peak 1 minute winds of 305 km/h (190 mph).[18] Based on the JMA pressure estimate, Meranti was among the most intense tropical cyclones. The JTWC wind estimate made Meranti the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2016, surpassing Cyclone Winston which had winds of 285 km/h (180 mph) when it struck Fiji in February.[19]


Paul Homewood has some interesting images of Meranti from China

H/T Dan Lindsey


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