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