COMK Amazing Weather Facts Series – Most Intense Cyclone Ever

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During this period of fairly dull weather here in Chennai, COMK would bring a series of articles on various weather facts.  To start with we would be posting on some amazing cyclones from history.

Addressed in different names, in the Atlantic and northern Pacific, the storms are called “hurricanes,” after the Caribbean god of evil, named Hurrican.

In the northwestern Pacific, the same powerful storms are called “typhoons.” In the southeastern Indian Ocean and southwestern Pacific, they are called “severe tropical cyclones.”

In the northern Indian Ocean, they’re called “severe cyclonic storms.” In the southwestern Indian Ocean, they’re just “tropical cyclones.”

Most Intense Tropical Storm – Typhoon Tip in the year 1979.



Typhoon Tip formed around October 4th 1979 and moved along the North West Pacific along Guam and Japan and finally around October 19th made a landfall in South Japan before continuing its journey as an extra tropical storm and continued its journey towards Alaska.


When it intensified to its most intense it had a pressure of about 870 millibars and had a peak wind speeds of 305 km/h.


At its peak strength, it was also the largest tropical cyclone on record with a wind diameter of 2,220 km.  To put this into perspective  the below image would give an indication of how big Typhoon Tip was.  It covers almost half of USA. Compare this with Tropical Cyclone Tracy which was possibly the smallest cyclone in the history, facts about it would be posted in the days to come.