Two big storms swirl in the Pacific

For the past few days, parts of the Pacific Rim are contending with two very powerful storm systems. One is a tropical system, the other non-tropical, but both are producing very similar effects for the people who have been in the path of these storms.

The first storm Typhoon Sanba. It’s currently a category 2 typhoon and packing winds of 95 mph with gusts as high as 120 mph. This past Thursday, Sanba was a monster, category 5, super typhoon with sustained winds of 175 mph. It maintained this strength for 18 hours. Sanba is the strongest typhoon since October 2010 in the western Pacific. Sanba is the first and only category 5 typhoon on Earth in 2012. Below is a look at Sanba at peak intensity. That eye-wall is incredible!

Sanba made a big mess in the Philippines and southern Japan. In Manila, some 300 families had to evacuate due to areas being submerged by 6 feet of water. It will make landfall and weaken over Korea on Monday as a category 1 or 2 hurricane.

Above is the other powerful storm system that is currently impacting Alaska this weekend. This is a non-tropical storm system. It is just powered differently than a tropical system. However, they can be just as strong producing very strong winds and heavy rains. Portions of Alaska are under flood advisories due to the flooding potential from up to 7” of rain this storm could produce this weekend. Gusts along the Alaskan Coast have been as much as 65 mph with some winds up in higher elevations as much as 110 mph.

Here in Western Wisconsin, this big storm system in Alaska will impact our weather for this week. The storm will force some much cooler air south out of Canada beginning tomorrow. We look to stay mainly below normal for this entire week and into the weekend. For a majority of the nation, we’ll be seeing the first big taste of Fall. Check out the 6-10 day map below. A big chunk of the country will be well below normal just in time for the first official day of Fall this Saturday.

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