Saturday, July 19, 2014

Typhoon Glenda

Typhoon Rammasun, in the Philippines Typhoon Glenda, is the ninth officially named storm and the third typhoon of theannual typhoon season. It is also the seventh storm of the season to be named by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Rammasun is a Siamese word forthunder god.[1] After Lingling and Kajiki earlier in 2014, Rammasun became the third tropical cyclone, and the first typhoon to directly impact the Philippines in 2014. The storm formed in theIntertropical Convergence Zone, an area near the equator where the northeast and southeast trade winds come together, and slowly drifted northwestwards. Having passed through the islands ofMicronesia, the system turned westwards and quickly progressed along its path under the influence of a subtropical ridge (STR). Rammasun posed a significant threat to the Philippine island of Luzon, as it was expected to reach typhoon intensity before making landfall there.[2] Though initially forecast to make landfall in Cagayan Valley, the storm followed a more westerly path and was later expected to make landfall in the Bicol region and then pass through Bataan and Zambales before brushing past Metro Manila.[3

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