Aug. 2, 2017 Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

Just a fantastic viewpoint~ctm


NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Super Typhoon Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on August 1, 2017, as the International Space Station passed overhead. He shared images of the massive storm on social media, writing, “Super Typhoon #Noru, amazing the size of this weather phenomenon, you can almost sense its power from 250 miles above.”

As of 11 a.m. EDT on August 1, the storm was centered near 24.7 degrees north latitude and 137.0 degrees east longitude, with maximum sustained winds near 90 knots. By August 2 at 5 a.m. EDT, the maximum sustained winds were near 100 knots. NASA satellites are keeping track of the typhoon as it continues its slow trek through the Pacific toward southwestern Japan.

Image Credit: NASA

Last Updated: Aug. 3, 2017

Editor: Sarah Loff

78 thoughts on “Aug. 2, 2017 Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

      • There is no “super” category for typhoons, there are the categories.. Period.
        “Super” was added for the same reason the subtropical storm called Sandy was called “Super-storm Sandy”; they had to hype it big time. It was not even a hurricane but the “mistakenly” called it so so ofter that it stuck.

    • It’s really just a new moniker that sounds scarier given to replace an old designation that doesn’t fit the AGW meme

      • It’s designed for the millennials and younger. Old people understand that droughts and hurricanes have happened throughout history. Younger people are under the impression that it’s due to climate change and that it is a new shift that the earth and it’s inhabitants are going through.
        Seems to be quite effective.
        There are many examples

    • Super ? That was my first reaction too. When did that start? What is the extent of this storm in km. Nothing scientific about a distorted pic from the window.
      So how many ST events have there been in the past?

      • The super typhoon moniker has been around since at least the 90’s and I seem to recall our WC-130s chasing a couple of super typhoons in the 80’s when I was with them. Though I thought the name was reserved for the really big Cat 4+ storms. This one has just reached major typhoon status at Cat 3. Maybe the definition is anything that hits “major” is a super typhoon.
        Super Typhoon Paka (a strong cat 5) hit Guam 6 months before I got there and they were still cleaning up the damages. But it was so strong the anemometer on the weather station at Andersen AFB was shredded, and that device was designed for typhoon winds.

        • So, by their own definition it was just a typhoon. I really, REALLY wish people would get the hell over all the dramatics and just report the news. Drama Queen Crap. DQC.

    • We are all having ‘weather events’ these days -(i’m in NZ) just like we are all having conversations instead of discussions. Better just put up with it – no matter how much it pees you off.

    • In my country, we donยดt have storms anymore. Anything having winds above 24 m/s, or heavy rain or temperature changes that create avalanche risk or risk for flooding is now referred to as extreme weather. They are effectively diluting the language, making people dumber.

  1. Typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones can be called super, because that’s how wonderful the rain that falls, especially in places that only get rain when these events happen. This particular storm is the best kind, not too damaging.

    • Not too damaging in the U.S. because they almost always downgrade by the time they make landfall. Elsewhere like in places where they don’t build to the same standards, these storms can be truly deviating. Remember the first and second little piggies who built there houses out of straw and sticks?

    • Super – Monster – Cyclone – Heatwave. In Europe there has just been a monster-heatwave, killing two people and sending many to hospital. It is all in our Norwegian newspapers (despite us having had the coolest and rainiest summer for 8 years. It all has to do with climate change…When there is cold-spells in Europe and 10 or 11 people die due to freezing, it’s not mentioned in the media – they keep quite about it, – as cold is not reckoned as being Extreme Weather…
      But one thing is good with all this: People are actually becoming interested in Weather. Otherwise many would not notice what is going on outside their headphones and I-phone World (the Real world…).

      • A quick question from across the pond. Do all your local TV/cable daily news programs now have Extreme Weather Center/Storm Watch Team graphics along with thrilling background music/audio instead of just cutting to the weatherman, Les Humid, and letting him tell people what the weather will be for the day? And do they concentrate on showing alarming video clips instead of just focusing on a local weather forecast? Seems to be becoming the norm here in the States, just wondering if it has bled over to you guys yet.

      • Here in the US if there is a blizzard and someone has a traffic accident and dies, or gets killed during an evacuation for a hurricane, they are counted as storm deaths. As if no one dies in accidents everywhere everyday when the weather is great.
        In fact, during such events, few people are out on the roads, and total traffic fatalities and injuries drops sharply.
        But they never tally the deaths that were avoided.

        • DQC. Can’t watch local news without the teleprompter readers behaving like highschool drama club tryouts, breathless vocalization and over wrought hysterics. Just tell me the days events and keep the DQC and idiotic opinions to themselves.

      • The west has always had it’s monsoon season. It occurs each spring when the desert southwest starts to warm up and pulls in humid air from the Gulf of California.

      • Honest question.
        Monsoons, as far as I know, is a term that has always referred to the seasonal very heavy, long lasting rains of Southeast Asia/India.
        How long has rain in the US West been called “Monsoons”?

      • What is the monsoon?
        First, what is meant by the term monsoon?
        The word “monsoon” is derived from the Arabic word “mausim” which means season. Ancient traders sailing in the Indian Ocean and adjoining Arabian Sea used it to describe a system of alternating winds which blow persistently from the northeast during the northern winter and from the opposite direction, the southwest, during the northern summer. Thus, the term monsoon actually refers solely to a seasonal wind shift, and not to precipitation.
        Even though the term monsoon was originally defined for the Indian subcontinent, monsoon circulations exist in other locations of the world as well, such as in Europe, Africa, and the west coasts of Chile and the United States. Arizona happens to be located in the area of the United States that experiences a monsoonal circulation. During the summer months, winds shift from a west or northwest direction to a south or southeasterly direction. This allows moisture from the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico to stream into the state. This shift in the winds, or monsoonal circulation, produces a radical change in moisture conditions statewide.
        This monsoonal circulation is typically referred to here in Arizona as the Arizona monsoon. What we experience during the summer months, however, is only a small part of a much larger circulation that encompasses not only Arizona, but much of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Thus, it sometimes is also known as the Mexican monsoon. Others call it the North American Monsoon.

  2. It’s a Cat-2 and they call it super ?
    Maybe we should change the Saffir-Simpson scale
    We could start at 6 and go up 10

    • They have a heatwave in Europe called ‘lucifer’….the Greenies always were good at grabbing the linguistic high ground.

  3. In Oz we have registered a new level of fire warning…CATASTROPHIC!!
    Funny, the fires aren’t any hotter.

    • Just about every fire is catastrophic. Once you hit that you have no where to go. There are certain days (not common) where everything sort of lines up to a serious fire situation. But they have already used the ‘C’ level and thus there is nowhere to go higher. Real smart stuff.

  4. A photo taken from the world’s most expensive camera platform. The Space Shuttle program was useless. The International Space Station program is almost as bad.
    Unmanned space exploration is fine and we can learn a lot from it. Manned space flight is a waste of resources. We put men on the moon with 1960’s technology.
    If we ever put men on Mars (and return them safely) it will be a similar achievement to the lunar missions. It will prove we can do it, but little else.

    • Yep. We ain’t going far with chemical thrust and the really interesting stuff is too far away. Send machines out to take the pictures.

    • “If we ever put men on Mars (and return them safely) it will be a similar achievement to the lunar missions. It will prove we can do it, but little else.”
      We have to learn to crawl before we can walk.
      Space is no longer the exclusive terroritory of governments. The progress we have made in human space exploration in the past has given us the tools to privatize space exploration which will reduce costs to an affordable level.
      Space is humanity’s future. We need to be looking at the Big Picture.

    • Dave, unmanned probes have a huge role.
      So will automated craft to nudge NEO of various sizes ( what we could do with a few carbonaceous, icy, and metallic asteroids parked at our Lagrange points is staggering)
      At some point, unless we achieve human-level AI (and despite working in the field, I’m about as dubious of this in my lifetime as I am of cold fusion) sooner or later we’ll need boots on the ground (and yes, the phrase is deliberately and ironically chosen)
      When that time comes, I’d sign up no matter what, but would be much happier to know that most common bugs got worked out decades previously with simpler tech.
      So I look apon such programmes as investments

  5. and on nullschool earth it got over 100k and then..pretty much dropped its oomph
    all that i saw today is some 60+k n hr winds over japan
    once again an awful lot of hype n fearmongering long before any real proof it was going to be anything to worry about

    • Just like the “major hurricane” predicted last week that turned into a big, fat nothing burger. Got TS Franklin heading to the Yucatan that may cross into the Gulf and strengthen, no warning about it, though.

      • Franklin was on the National Hurricane Center forecast as a probable development system the day that the speculation on the invest 99 blowing up came out. To say there was no warning is unfair to the professionals. To say the press hyped the dickens out of a system in the far Atlantic to further an agenda – that one I’ll give you in spades.

        • In this what the press does is the only gauge, because they are all the average citizen knows. I saw the system they named Franklin when checking AccuWeather Hurricane page Friday morning, it was rather unremarkable yet had more potential than anything showing in Atlantic. It was highly unlikely to affect any point in US, so press skipped right over it. In my morning email to my mom I pointed it out and told her to keep an I to it. She lives in Gulf Coast MS region and that system could move into Gulf and build, with potential to turn north. Far more than the small area of tropical weather with a slight bit of rotation over by the Cape Verdes. earth.nullschool surface to 5000 meters was showing a rather strong NE to SW flow into that system while AW Hurricane Atlantic Basin animation showed a rather disorganized blob moving east to west and scattering out. The tweets from Dr Maue last week would have been more useful had they dealt with developing systems in Caribbean. Just a weather junky’s opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Nice pic, not quite centered properly but pretty all the same. This typhoon has wandered a bit though, being in cyclone country. Is there a cyclone headed south to the Philippines?

  7. The genesis of RGHE theory is the incorrect notion that the atmosphere warms the surface. Explaining the mechanism behind this erroneous notion demands RGHE theory and some truly contorted physics, thermo and heat transfer, energy out of nowhere, cold to hot w/o work, perpetual motion.
    Is space cold or hot? There are no molecules in space so our common definitions of hot/cold/heat/energy donโ€™t apply.
    The temperatures of objects in space, e.g. the earth, moon, space station, mars, Venus, etc. are determined by the radiation flowing past them. In the case of the earth, the solar irradiance of 1,368 W/m^2 has a Stefan Boltzmann black body equivalent temperature of 394 K. Thatโ€™s hot. Sort of.
    But an objectโ€™s albedo reflects away some of that energy and reduces that temperature.
    The earthโ€™s albedo reflects away 30% of the sunโ€™s 1,368 W/m^2 energy leaving 70% or 958 W/m^2 to โ€œwarmโ€ the earth and at an S-B BB equivalent temperature of 361 K, 33 C colder than the earth with no atmosphere or albedo.
    The earthโ€™s albedo/atmosphere doesnโ€™t keep the earth warm, it keeps the earth cool.
    โ€œThe first design consideration for thermal control is insulation — to keep
    heat in for warmth and to keep it out for cooling.โ€
    โ€œHere on Earth, environmental heat is transferred in the air primarily by
    conduction (collisions between individual air molecules) and convection
    (the circulation or bulk motion of air).โ€
    Oops! WHAT?! Did they forget to mention RGHE โ€œtheory?โ€ Global warming? Climate change? Bad scientists!
    Oh, wait. These must be engineers who actually USE science
    โ€œThis is why you can insulate your house basically using the air trapped
    inside your insulation,” said Andrew Hong, an engineer (SEE!!) and thermal
    control specialist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Air is a poor
    conductor of heat, and the fibers of home insulation that hold the air still
    minimize convection.”
    โ€œ”In space there is no air for conduction or convection,” he added. Space
    is a radiation-dominated environment. Objects heat up by absorbing
    sunlight and they cool off by emitting infrared energy, a form of
    radiation which is invisible to the human eye.โ€
    Uhh, thatโ€™s in SPACE NOT on EARTH where radiation rules.
    โ€œWithout thermal controls, the temperature of the orbiting Space
    Station’s Sun-facing side would soar to 250 degrees F (121 C), while
    thermometers on the dark side would plunge to minus 250 degrees F
    (-157 C). There might be a comfortable spot somewhere in the middle of
    the Station, but searching for it wouldn’t be much fun!โ€
    121 C plus 273 C = 394 K Ta-dahhh!!!!!
    Shiny insulation keeps the ISS COOL!!!! Just like the earthโ€™s albedo/atmosphere keeps the earth COOL!!! NOT hot like RGHEโ€™s BOGUS โ€œTheory.โ€

  8. “Last updated August 3”
    Is that because on August 4 it made landfall near Kyushu with 86 mph winds?
    It’s hard to hear my eye roll via the Internet, but I’ll try.

  9. It is important to note that most photos taken from the space station use a fish eye lens. This is due to the fact that the orbit is actually quite low, so the wide angle is needed to capture a reasonable area. It also makes the horizon look curved — which people have come to expect.

  10. NASA says ToA is 100 km. I say 32 km because 99% of the molecules, which is all that really matters, are below 32 km.
    100 km is 62 miles. It’s 68 miles between Colorado Springs and Denver.
    Contemplate that for a moment or your own local analogy.
    That’s not just thin, that’s ludicrous thin.

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