Typhoon Andy (1982)

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Typhoon Andy
Typhoon (JMA scale)
Category 4 (Saffir–Simpson scale)
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Typhoon Andy at peak intensity on July 28
Formed July 22, 1982
Dissipated July 30, 1982
Highest winds 10-minute sustained: 185 km/h (115 mph)
1-minute sustained: 220 km/h (140 mph)
Lowest pressure 930 mbar (hPa); 27.46 inHg
Fatalities 6 direct, 8 indirect
Damage Minimal
Areas affected Guam, Taiwan, China
Part of the 1982 Pacific typhoon season

Typhoon Andy was an intense tropical cyclone that made landfall in Taiwan. Andy formed along the northern edge of the monsoon trough south of Guam on July 22, 1982. It became a tropical storm the next day, although this system was initially poorly organized. Andy moved steadily west during the first few days of its life. After looping south of Guam, the cyclone moved northwest and strengthened. Andy turned westward near the 18th parallel on July 25. The system became a strong typhoon for a prolonged period on July 27 and July 28 while attaining a peak intensity of 185 km/h (115 mph). However, the typhoon struck southern Taiwan on July 29. Continuing westward through the Formosa Strait, the storm made its final landfall in southern China on July 30 and dissipated inland two days later.

During its formative stages, the typhoon brought high waves to Guam, resulting in one death. Twelve families were also left homeless. After passing near Taiwan, Andy brought strong winds, which resulted in 13 deaths. Government offices, schools and airports were closed. At least 60 fishing boats in harbors were badly damaged or wrecked due to strong winds. A total of 300 poer poles were brought down; consequently, nearly a quarter of Taiwan residents lost power at the height of the storm. After moving ashore in China, Andy brought heavy rains to nearby Hong Kong.

Meteorological history[edit]

Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

Typhoon Andy originated from a monsoon trough south of Guam in tandem with Typhoon Bess. Despite strong wind shear, three areas of disturbed weather soon developed. The westernmost of the three drifted westward and remained poorly defined. Late on July 21, a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert (TCFA) was issued for the middle system following a drop in barometric pressure and an increase in organization.[1][nb 1] Around this time, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) started watching the cyclone. On July 22, the JMA upgraded the system into a tropical storm.[3][nb 2] During the evening hours of July 22, Hurricane Hunters found winds of 65 to 70 km/h (40 to 45 mph) and a minimum pressure of 995 mbar (29.4 inHg). Based on this, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) classified the system as a tropical storm and named it Andy. Despite the initial overall lack of organization,[1] Andy slowly gained strength.[5] However, the low-level circulation was initially poorly defined and difficult to find via weather satellite imagery. While passing around 160 km (100 mi) south of Guam,[1] the JMA upped Andy into a severe tropical storm.[3] After performing a small loop,[1] Andy accelerated northwest south of a subtropical ridge.[1] According to the JMA, Andy attained typhoon intensity midday on July 24.[3]

For the ensuing 24 hours, intensification was slight.[5] Thereafter, Andy turned west and entered a more favorable environment for intensification.[1] On July 25, the JMA placed the intensity of the storm at 140 km/h (87 mph). After briefly leveling off in intensity, Andy continued to gain strength, and during the morning hours of July 26, the JMA reported winds of 170 km/h (105 mph). The next day, the JMA estimated that Andy reached peak intensity, with winds of 185 km/h (115 mph), and subsequently noted that Andy attained its minimum barometric pressure of 930 mbar (25 inHg).[3] Later that day, the JTWC estimated a peak intensity of 225 km/h (140 mph), equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the United States-based Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS).[1]

Shortly after its peak, Andy began to slowly weaken.[5] At 1200 UTC on July 28, the JTWC reduced the intensity of the typhoon to 210 km/h (130 mph).[1] However, on July 29, the JMA lowered the intensity of the cyclone to 145 km/h (90 mph),[3] even though the JTWC kept the intensity over 185 km/h (115 mph) until landfall, which occurred later that day along the southeastern quadrant of Taiwan. Despite briefly emerging into the Formosa Strait,[1] the JMA downgraded Andy into a severe tropical storm just before landfall in Southern China.[1] On July 30, the JTWC stopped watching Andy inland over the mountains terrain of southeastern China.[5] Two days later, the JMA followed suit.[3]

Preparations and impact[edit]

While strengthening, Typhoon Andy passed near Guam, generating 7.6 to 9.1 m (25 to 30 ft) waves along south-facing beaches. An 11-year-old boy died in Naval Station after the waves swept him off of rocks. Three "huge" waves struck the shoreline near Umatac, which destroyed several homes off of their foundation. Along many nearby villages, scattered damage was noted. At least nine villages were without power for varying amounts of time. In all, 12 people were left homeless.[6]

While affecting Taiwan, Typhoon Andy snapped trees and toppled billboards,[7] in addition to generating high waves.[8] In some places, rainfall reached 300 mm (12 in).[9] Coastal areas were hardest hit. Along the southern portion of the island, 300 power poles were downed, making damage reports difficult for the United Press International to obtain. At the height of the storm, a quarter of the nation's 18 million residents were left without power.[10] Eight people were killed in storm-related accidents, including a man and a women who died when a car flipped in the central portion of the country.[7] Furthermore, four members of a fishing party were swept out to sea and drowned and an elderly man was blown off a roof as he tried to fix leaks in it.[10] Another 11-year-old boy was swept into the sea and was presumed to have perished while watching waves near the southeastern city of Taitung, though his 16-year-old companion who was also watching the waves was swept away, but was later rescued.[6] In all, 13 people were killed by Typhoon Andy in Taiwan.[11] In Taipei, broken trees and signboards fell on streets due to strong winds. Government offices, schools and airports were closed.[7] At least 60 fishing boats in harbors were badly damaged or wrecked in the wind.[10] Elsewhere, a 23-man crew was forced to abandon a 5,393 short tons (4,890 t) ship off the northern Philippines.[8] Overall, no major damage was observed[7] and no major flooding was reported.[10] After making its final landfall in China, 205.3 mm (8.08 in) of rain was measured in Hong Kong.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wind estimates from the JMA and most other basins throughout the world are sustained over 10 minutes, while estimates from the United States-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center are sustained over 1 minute. 10 minute winds are about 1.14 times the amount of 1 minute winds.[2]
  2. ^ The Japan Meteorological Agency is the official Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for the western Pacific Ocean.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Joint Typhoon Warning Center; Naval Western Oceanography Center (1983). Annual Tropical Cyclone Report: 1982 (Report). United States Navy, United States Airforce. http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/atcr/1982atcr.pdf. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Christopher W Landsea; Hurricane Research Division (April 26, 2004). "Subject: D4) What does "maximum sustained wind" mean? How does it relate to gusts in tropical cyclones?". Frequently Asked Questions:. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Japan Meteorological Agency (October 10, 1992) (.TXT). RSMC Best Track Data – 1980–1989 (Report). http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/jma-eng/jma-center/rsmc-hp-pub-eg/Besttracks/bst8089.txt. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Annual Report on Activities of the RSMC Tokyo – Typhoon Center 2000" (PDF). Japan Meteorological Agency. February 2001. p. 3. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Knapp, K. R.; M. C. Kruk; D. H. Levinson; H. J. Diamond; C. J. Neumann (2010). "1982 ANDY:ANDY-1 (1982202N12148)". The International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS): Unifying tropical cyclone best track data (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society). http://atms.unca.edu/ibtracs/ibtracs_v03r04/browse-ibtracs/index.php?name=v03r04-1982202N12148. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Boy Swept Out To Sea By Passing Typhoon". Associated Press. July 25, 1982. 
  7. ^ a b c d "International news". Associated Press. July 28, 1982. 
  8. ^ a b "Typhoon Andy churns toward Taiwan". United Press International. July 28, 1982. 
  9. ^ "International News". Associated Press. July 29, 1982. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Intentional News". United Press International. July 29, 1982. 
  11. ^ a b Meteorological Results 1982 Part III: Tropical Cyclone Summaries (Report). Hong Kong Meteorological Observatory (1983). 1983. http://www.hko.gov.hk/publica/tc/tc1982.pdf. Retrieved March 2, 2014.