Alexandra Cranford / WWL Eyewitness News Forecast Team
A weekly discussion of the tropics from the Eyewitness News Forecast Team
The main focus in the tropics this week will be the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly journey over the Philippines and Vietnam.
Haiyan is now a remnant low drifting north over southern China. At its peak on Thursday, the tremendously powerful storm packed winds of 195 mph with gusts up to an astonishing 235 mph.
Haiyan took Hurricane Camille’s place as the most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall. To get an idea of how powerful the storm was, take a look at this comparison of Haiyan versus Hurricane Katrina:
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The death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan was 942 as of Monday afternoon, and that number will climb significantly as information comes in this week. If you’d like to assist with recovery, charities like Catholic Relief Services and Salvation Army already have special drives set up for relief efforts.
As for the Atlantic and Pacific basins, everything’s quiet right now. We’re not looking for much to develop this week.
It’s the time of year when things calm down and water temps cool. Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have dropped into the low 80s or even upper 70s. Water temps are falling across the much of the Atlantic. The lack of warm, moist water and air will make it hard for any systems to get going in the final weeks of this hurricane season.
Check back next week for your Talkin' Tropics discussion. Every week, we'll post a fresh tropics forecast for the week ahead.