Archive | April 17, 2021

Super Typhoon Surigae to pass near Philippines at Category 5 strength on Sunday

Super Typhoon Surigae satellite image on Saturday. (NOAA)

Surigae has strengthened to the first super typhoon of 2021 as it edges closer to the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu indicated its peak winds had risen to 180 mph, equivalent to a high-end Category 5 hurricane. It is the strongest super typhoon ever observed in the western Pacific during the month of April.

The storm is still projected to remain just offshore the Philippines but is predicted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to spread moderate to heavy rains, rough surf and gusty winds, especially to the east coast of the central Philippines, on Sunday into Monday. It is expected to gradually weaken to a Category 4 equivalent storm by late Sunday and Category 3 Monday into Tuesday.

Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

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GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS – Kp Index is at level 5 – Scale of G1 – Minor

***ALERT***

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GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS

Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1

Minor

Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels