Super typhoon Lekima becomes the most powerful tropical system of 2013 – Oct 23, 07:20 UTC

Yet another Super typhoon has developed over Western Pacific ocean where favourable conditions remain in place for development of such powerful cyclone. After the category 5 Super typhoon Francisco a few days ago, Super Typhoon Lekima currently centered near 20N/150E gained an impressive rapid intesification from category 1 to category 5 within the last 24 hours. Lekima is now the most powerful typhoon on earth so far in 2013. This makes it the 4th category 5 system this year.

Lekima is very impressive to look on satelite imagery, showing a symetrical eyewall and a very well-defined eye.


Latest IR satellite scan of Lekima. Source: NOAA


Latest VIS satellite scan of Lekima. Source: NOAA

Very high values on the ocean heat content map south of 20N reveal why typhoon Lekima intensfied so rapidly during the last 24 hours.


Ocean heat content map. Source: NOAA

Here is the latest storm analysis from JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency), estimated sea level pressure down to 905 hPa and sustained winds of 60 m/s, gusting up to 85 m/s:

TY 1328 (LEKIMA)
Issued at 04:00 UTC, 23 October 2013
Analyses at 23/03 UTC
Scale Category 5
Intensity Violent
Center position
N18°50′
E151°30′
Direction and speed of movement WNW 30km/h (16kt)
Central pressure 905hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 60 m/s (115kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 85 m/s (165kt)

Lekima is expected to stay over open waters and should not affect the land.


Lekima’s forecasted track. Source: Weather Wundrground

More information:
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1328.html
http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2013/Typhoon-Lekima?map=5day