The Washington Post
Date: July 7, 2015
By: Angela Fritz
A trio of tropical cyclones is churning across the Pacific Ocean this week in a recent spike of typhoon activity in the region. All three cyclones are tracking into warmer-than-average ocean water, one of them has already made landfall in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong, and another threatens landfall in Taiwan and southeast China later this week.
Typhoon Chan-hom is the middle of the three cyclones and by far the largest. Chan-hom’s winds span over 77,000 square miles, and its massive cloud field covers an incredible 735,000 square miles — larger than the largest U.S. state, Alaska — from the eastern Philippines all the way to Guam.
Chan-hom swept over the U.S. territories of Guam and Rota over the weekend as a tropical storm, dumping over a foot of rainfall in some places with widespread radar-estimated totals over 6 inches. [FULL STORY]