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

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Peter C
August 6, 2017 8:21 pm

When did we get Super Typhoons and what are they?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Peter C
August 6, 2017 8:48 pm

They are a hurricane, but they call them typhoon in Asia.

Gunga din
Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 6, 2017 9:14 pm

I think he’s referring to the “Super” designation.
A “Super Typhoon” in the Northwest Pacific would equate to from a strong Category 4 up to and including a Category 5 Hurricane.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 6, 2017 9:54 pm

Just wait until the “super doper ally ooper” cyclone/hurricane/typhoon rolls in.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 7, 2017 8:55 am

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.

Bryan A
Reply to  Peter C
August 6, 2017 9:49 pm

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

Reply to  Bryan A
August 7, 2017 8:53 am

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

Reply to  Peter C
August 7, 2017 1:54 am

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?

Bob boder
Reply to  Greg
August 7, 2017 5:19 am

Super storm Sandy. It always makes me laugh, it’s my wife’s name!

Reply to  Greg
August 7, 2017 5:36 am

Victor Borge defined this a long time ago. Something about language inflation or some such.

Reply to  Greg
August 7, 2017 5:54 am

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.

Reply to  Greg
August 7, 2017 1:16 pm

From the National Hurricane Center:

In the western North Pacific, the term “super typhoon” is used for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph

Reply to  jr2025
August 7, 2017 3:56 pm

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.

The Rick
Reply to  Peter C
August 7, 2017 5:37 pm

Here, here….why is this ‘super’ typhoon Noru vs typhoon Noru

Paul r 7.8.17
August 6, 2017 8:31 pm

Just like in adelaide we no longer have storms we now have weather events.

Reply to  Paul r 7.8.17
August 6, 2017 9:31 pm

You don’t have weather anymore. You have “climate change”.

Steve Case
Reply to  Hivemind
August 7, 2017 4:25 am

We don’t have forest fires anymore, they’re now called WILD fires.

Reply to  Paul r 7.8.17
August 6, 2017 9:57 pm

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.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Kleinefeldmaus
August 6, 2017 10:24 pm

Yes we even get “rain event warnings” here in Ottawa. And we are helpfully told to dress warmly in winter!

Reply to  Kleinefeldmaus
August 7, 2017 1:15 am

Robert of Ottawa: As opposed to being told to wear sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and budgie smugglers?

Reply to  Kleinefeldmaus
August 7, 2017 7:35 am

Insert George Carlin’s euphemisms bit here.

Science or Fiction
Reply to  Paul r 7.8.17
August 6, 2017 11:38 pm

In my country, we don´t 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.

August 6, 2017 8:50 pm

Super…. a meaningless term

Roger Knights
Reply to  pkatt
August 6, 2017 9:20 pm

Especially regarding the Met Office’s supercomputer, which more aptly should be named a dupercomputer.

Reply to  Roger Knights
August 6, 2017 10:46 pm

Someone’s been duped, for sure.

Lil Fella from OZ
Reply to  pkatt
August 7, 2017 5:16 pm

As in Superman!

Tom Halla
August 6, 2017 9:05 pm

Pretty picture, though.

Roger Knights
August 6, 2017 9:19 pm

Lots of heat being vacuumed up to space.

Reply to  Roger Knights
August 6, 2017 9:52 pm

So true. I wish more scientists would applaud the work that cyclones do to move heat from the system into the cold nothingness of outer space. All the rhetoric spewed about climate change should be expanded to emphasize the importance of energy balance through massive storms, even small mesoscale thunderstorms. But instead we’ll get grandstanding and gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet instead.

Reply to  AZ1971
August 7, 2017 7:43 am

Is space is cold why does ISS need redundant air conditioners?

Reply to  Nicholas Schroeder
August 7, 2017 3:47 pm

In direct sunlight it heats up, in shadow it cools down, both actions being rapid and extreme. Thats why it has a/c and heaters, and thick insulation.

Reply to  AZ1971
August 7, 2017 7:43 am

If not Is

Reply to  Roger Knights
August 6, 2017 9:55 pm

Why wont you listen!!!!
It’s in the ocean!!!!!!!

Jim Clarke
Reply to  toorightmate
August 7, 2017 12:57 am

Behind the sofa!

Reply to  Roger Knights
August 7, 2017 6:57 am

Not to mention all the sunlight being reflected by all those clouds.

Tom Harley
August 6, 2017 9:33 pm

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.

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Harley
August 6, 2017 9:56 pm

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?

Martin Hovland
Reply to  Tom Harley
August 6, 2017 10:30 pm

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…).

Reply to  Martin Hovland
August 7, 2017 3:47 am

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.

Reply to  Martin Hovland
August 7, 2017 3:06 pm

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.

Reply to  Menicholas
August 7, 2017 4:05 pm

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.

August 6, 2017 10:13 pm

For reference only.comment image

Roger Knights
Reply to  ossqss
August 7, 2017 12:41 am


Gunga Din
Reply to  ossqss
August 7, 2017 6:25 am

So that’s why The Storm Channel has started calling rains out West “Monsoons”!

Reply to  Gunga Din
August 7, 2017 7:00 am

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.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
August 7, 2017 8:48 am

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”?

Reply to  Gunga Din
August 8, 2017 11:46 am

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.

Michael Sexton
August 6, 2017 11:24 pm

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

Mark T
Reply to  Michael Sexton
August 7, 2017 3:09 am

It hit cat 5 with 160 mph winds but dropped back down not long after.

Reply to  Mark T
August 7, 2017 7:05 am

yep…when the eye wall spins down and gets smaller….it spins faster
….typical during eye wall replacement

Reply to  Michael Sexton
August 7, 2017 4:10 am

co2 makes em go to 11

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Michael Sexton
August 7, 2017 4:44 am

I suggest 11. Just in case.

Reply to  Rainer Bensch
August 7, 2017 5:12 am

Spinal Tap – these go to 11.

James A. Schrumpf
Reply to  Michael Sexton
August 8, 2017 3:01 am

Michael Sexton: Eleven.

Charles Nelson
August 7, 2017 12:44 am

Super. How very 1960s…

Charles Nelson
Reply to  Charles Nelson
August 7, 2017 12:53 am

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

August 7, 2017 2:13 am

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

Lil Fella from OZ
Reply to  davesivyer
August 7, 2017 5:20 pm

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.

August 7, 2017 3:10 am

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.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 7, 2017 4:26 am

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.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 7, 2017 4:59 am

Rather they waste money on manned spaceflight, then climate models and novel ways to tax us.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 7, 2017 5:57 am

“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.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 7, 2017 5:58 am

ahh, come on, what you got against two-headed flatworms?

Nic Harvard
Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 8, 2017 4:18 am

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

August 7, 2017 3:48 am

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

Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 7, 2017 4:03 am

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.

Reply to  2hotel9
August 7, 2017 6:01 am

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.

Reply to  OweninGA
August 7, 2017 6:35 am

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. 😉

August 7, 2017 3:50 am

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?

Gunga Din
Reply to  2hotel9
August 7, 2017 6:31 am

It is a nice picture.
(Maybe they can steer it with that little paddle on the space station?8-)

Reply to  Gunga Din
August 7, 2017 6:37 am

Stroke! Stroke!(whip crack) Stroke!

August 7, 2017 4:56 am

Chin in Randy

August 7, 2017 7:14 am

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 don’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. That’s hot. Sort of.
But an object’s albedo reflects away some of that energy and reduces that temperature.
The earth’s albedo reflects away 30% of the sun’s 1,368 W/m^2 energy leaving 70% or 958 W/m^2 to “warm” 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 earth’s albedo/atmosphere doesn’t keep the earth warm, it keeps the earth cool.
“The first design consideration for thermal control is insulation — to keep
heat in for warmth and to keep it out for cooling.”
“Here 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).”
Oops! WHAT?! Did they forget to mention RGHE “theory?” Global warming? Climate change? Bad scientists!
Oh, wait. These must be engineers who actually USE science
“This 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.”
“”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.”
Uhh, that’s in SPACE NOT on EARTH where radiation rules.
“Without 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!”
121 C plus 273 C = 394 K Ta-dahhh!!!!!
Shiny insulation keeps the ISS COOL!!!! Just like the earth’s albedo/atmosphere keeps the earth COOL!!! NOT hot like RGHE’s BOGUS “Theory.”

Peter Morris
August 7, 2017 7:24 am

“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.

Steve Fraser
Reply to  Peter Morris
August 7, 2017 8:32 am

Yea, should have been the Typhoon formerly-known as Super.

August 7, 2017 8:45 am

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.

August 7, 2017 10:20 am

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.

August 21, 2017 4:24 am

Nice article!
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