It's officially typhoon season here on the ever-naturally-disastrous Ring of Fire. Last year it opened with a bang before it was even supposed to, but this year all we've had is a false alarm a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully everyone got all stocked up at the last minute for that one (as I did), but from what I hear the line was wrapped all the way around the Commissary yesterday so...I guess they didn't. Either that or people are buying perishables to stock up for typhoons, in which case we all need more safety briefings or something.
Anyway the Pater Familias and I were reflecting on the utter media hysteria that would accompany any approach of something like a "category 4 super typhoon" to Florida or elsewhere in the States, and the worry that would cause our friends and relatives. I'm not writing this up because this storm is supposed to be anything special, but really just because it's something to talk about. It's what's going on with us right now. (As a side note, the Japanese Meteorological Agency has consistently estimated this one's strengths as lower than other sources and are, in true Japanese form, not flipping out. As I recall, when wunderground.com was calling it a category 2 or 3, JMA was not yet calling it a typhoon.)
- By the way, hurricane = typhoon = tropical cyclone. As far as I'm tracking. Here's a more specific breakdown.
- It looks like the storm is going to pass just far enough to the east of us that we should have an easier time of it. We'll be on the calmer side of what'll be between a category 3 or 4, and we live in concrete bunkers.
- This is a cool satellite photo from earlier today. See the image below if you *still* can't put Oki on a map ;-)
- Japanese Meteorological Agency's predictions
- Weather Underground (is this thing any relation to the old terrorist group, by the way?)
- This guy's explanations and updates helped me understand what was going on when we were going through our first typhoon season here. And they're interesting. Pacific Storm Tracker
- And the real reason we're all obsessed with typhoons...it's amazing seeing this little tiny island in the path of something so enormous: (from Weather Underground)
- And, finally, who else has had John Mark McMillan running through their head constantly? (Yes, this video includes the infamous and oft-altered "sloppy wet kiss" line. It's bold.) (And just so you know where I stand in those particular worship wars, I don't have a problem with it just in the song, but would never use that line in corporate worship. Actually I love the song, but would probably never use it in church at all. There.)
He is jealous for me
loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
the weight of your wind and mercy