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MA-ON Racing to Super Typhoon Status

Posted by feww on July 14, 2011

Typhoon MA-ON (08W) Intensifies to a Cat 3A Storm

Typhoon MA-ON is targeting Japan and could make landfall on Kyūshū Island with winds approaching 270 km/h and gusts in excess of 320 km/h [FIRE-EARTH estimates.]


Typhoon MA-ON with the latest projected track based on several models – Vis/IR satellite image [8-km res.] Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Typhoon MA-ON Summary of Details (as of posting)

  • Location: ~ 680km SE of IWO TO, Japan
  • Position: ~ 20.1N, 145.9E
  • Movement and speed: moving west (275 degrees,) at a forward speed of about 15 km/hr
  • Maximum sustained winds: 185 km/hr
  • Wind gusts: up to 230 km/hr
  • Estimated time of landfall: July 19 @ 20:30UTC [See updates]
  • Remarks: MA-ON will likely become a super typhoon as it heads NW moving over warmer waters. (FIRE-EARTH forecast based on data from various sources.)


Typhoon MA-ON – IR/WV Diff satellite image [2-km res.] Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge


Typhoon MA-ON – MTSAT2 – Source: Digital Typhoon. Click image to enlarge


Typhoon MA-ON – MTSAT2 – Source: Digital Typhoon. Click image to enlarge

MA-ON Animation

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