Nov 5, 2019

Super Typhoon Halong: A Humdinger of a Cat 5 Storm

Northwest Pacific Ocean
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
Infrared image of Super Typhoon Halong at 1800Z (1 pm EST) Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Credit: RAMMB/CIRA/CSU.
Infrared image of Super Typhoon Halong at 1800Z (1 pm EST) Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Credit: RAMMB/CIRA/CSU.

Super Typhoon Halong became the coolest type of tropical cyclone on Tuesday: a spectacular Category 5 equivalent unlikely to affect any creatures but fish. Halong was centered in the remote Northwest Pacific about 700 miles east-southeast of Iwo To at 12Z (8 am EDT) Tuesday. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center pegged its top sustained winds at 160 mph.

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Halong is the planet’s fifth Category 5 storm of 2019.