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- Mid-upper level winds. Songda at left. (Photo: U.S. government/songda, chedeng, super typhoon, philippines, taiwan, fukushima, tepco)
The year's first major typhoon is spinning in the Philippine Sea, and it's a big'un. The sprawling Super Typhoon Songda (or Chedeng) has sustained winds of about 145 m.p.h. and is causing residents of the Pacific islands to duck and cover. At last check it was east of Taiwan, crawling toward Japan at about 13 m.p.h. There is concern that is may pass over the destroyed Fukushima Dai-Ichi reactor, perhaps spreading radiation farther into Japan, although the guys at Tepco aren't really talking about it.
The typhoon is gradually getting weaker. It is still powerful enough to send waves 38 feet tall crashing into anybody unlucky enough to be at sea. Here are recent satellite images of Songda showing its extraordinary extent, wind power, precipitation load, etc. For a pretty Flash video of the storm's measurable moisture content, click here.