The weather, currently.
A major typhoon in the Pacific is brewing. Typhoon Hinnamnor, which started as a tropical storm, is now expected to peak as a Super Typhoon or a Category-5 equivalent storm. Wind speeds could be up to 140 kts (160 mph/260 kph) by Tuesday.
The latest satellite imagery from Himawari-8 shows a clear eye has developed with deep convection surrounding the center of circulation. This rapid intensification occurred overnight Sunday and throughout the day on Monday.
While weather experts are having some difficulty confidently predicting the exact track of this storm, so far it looks like Hinnamnore could pose a significant threat to southwestern Japan – especially the Ryukyu islands. The forecast also suggests that the storm may stall over the region, exasperating impacts.
Officials are warning residents to get prepared now, as wind speeds have the potential to knock over homes and other structures. Residents should also expect heavy rain, lightning, and possibly mudslides.
What you need to know, currently.
Greenland’s melting ice sheet will raise sea levels by almost one foot by 2100, according to a study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change.
The findings show that the melting is caused by human-induced climate change. 3.3 percent of the ice sheet, which is about 110 trillion metric tons of ice, will melt no matter how quickly the world ends carbon emissions. This melting event will prompt about 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of the century.
A changing climate, due to the burning of fossil fuels, has led to glacial retreat around the world.
The study’s prediction of a minimum of 10 inches of sea level rise is more than twice as much as researchers previously predicted of the world’s second largest ice sheet.