Typhoon "Higos" formed over Northwestern Pacific Ocean


Typhoon "Higos", which started organizing late last week, continues to strengthen over open waters of Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The system is now located about 1 200 km (760 miles) east of Guam and is moving to the WNW at 7.4 km/h (4.6 mph).

At 06:00 UTC today, Higos had maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h (92 mph), and wind gusts of 185 km/h (115 mph), according to JTWC. This makes it a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Typhoon "Higos" on February 9, 2015. Image credit: UW-CIMSS/Google(NASA/Terrametrics). Annotation: The Watchers

Higos is expected to further intensify during the next 24 hours, but is not expected to have any direct impact on land areas. The NWS in Guam has issued high surf advisories for eastern and north eastern facing coastlines where up to 3 meter high waves can be expected through Tuesday.

By Thursday morning (February 12), Higos is forecasted to be a dissipating tropical depression about 700 km (440 miles) ENE of Saipan.

Typhoon "Higos" forecast track by JTWC on February 9, 2015.

Typhoon "Higos" on February 8, 2015. Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

Infrared image captured by the VIIRS instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite at 14:51 UTC yesterday showed some very high, powerful thunderstorms with cold cloud top temperatures (yellow) around the center of circulation. 

Image credit: NRL/NOAA/NASA

Satellite animations

Featured image: Typhoon "Higos" on February 8, 2015. Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS


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