Typhoon season primer for those new to the Pacific

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

In less than a month, the northwest Pacific’s tropical cyclone season begins with the issuance of seasonal Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 for U.S. bases on Okinawa and seasonal TCCOR 5 at Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

On average, the northwest Pacific sees 32 numbered tropical cyclones per season, some as weak as a tropical depression and some equal to Category 5 hurricanes in the States.

There were seven super typhoons in the 2018 season, including Yutu, which devastated Saipan and Tinian in the northern Marianas islands – the strongest in recorded history to hit a U.S. possession or territory. And in February, that area also saw Super Typhoon Wutip, which just missed Guam.

Super Typhoon Trami became the worst storm to hit Okinawa in six years, flooded significant portions of the island and left parts of it without power for nearly a week.

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