Understanding Typhoon Classification: NHK WORLD-JAPAN Explains Strength and Size Metrics

NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s latest video provides essential insights into how meteorologists assess the strength and size of typhoons. The categorization is based on maximum wind speeds and the radius of the area where winds surpass a certain threshold. The video explains the classifications for typhoon intensity and the potential impacts of typhoon size on weather conditions, including areas not directly in the typhoon’s path.

  • Typhoon strength is classified by maximum wind speeds, with “strong typhoons” having speeds of 33 meters per second or more, and “very strong typhoons” reaching 44 meters per second or more.
  • The size of a typhoon is determined by the radius of the area where wind speeds exceed 15 m/s; 500 kilometers categorizes a “large typhoon,” while 800 kilometers or more designates a “super typhoon.”
  • A large typhoon can cause heavy rains and strong winds even in areas not directly hit by the storm.
  • It is important to be prepared for sudden rain and strong winds, regardless of a typhoon’s size.

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