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Storm of the month
Tropical Storm Linfa formed out of an area of low pressure on June 14, the storm briefly attained tropical depression status before degenerating. By June 17 the system regenerated in the South China Sea. Slowly tracking northward, the storm intensified, attaining severe tropical storm status on June 19 and peaking in intensity the following day. On June 21, Linfa made landfall in Fujian Province, China as a tropical storm before weakening to a tropical depression.
In Taiwan, outer bands of the storm produced significant amounts of rain over southeastern areas of the island. Along the western coast, rip currents resulted in the drowning of one person. Six hikers also were reported to be missing. In China, torrential rains triggered flooding that destroyed 100 homes, killed one person and left six others missing. In all, seven people were killed by Linfa, with another 12 missing, damages in mainland China were estimated at ¥655 million (US$95.8 million) and agricultural losses in Taiwan reached NT$400 million (US$12.1 million).
Other tropical cyclone activity
Member of the month
The member of the month is Cool3 (talk · contribs). Though only a new member, Cool3 has contributed hundreds of sources and hours of research to several articles, two of which are now featured. The project thanks him for his high-quality work.
In addition, three users re-joined the project after being listed as inactive:
New and improved articles
- There were 5 new pieces of Featured content: 1941 Florida hurricane, Subtropical Storm Andrea (2007), Tropical Storm Marco (2008), Hurricane Kiko (1989), and Wind
- New Good articles include: Hurricane Charley (1986), 1943 Mazatlán hurricane, 1982 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Earl (1998), Effects of Hurricane Georges in Cuba, Effects of Hurricane Georges in Louisiana, and Hurricane Hazel
- New storm articles include: Tropical Storm Isidore (1984), Cyclone Nancy, Tropical Storm Hazel (1965), and Tropical Storm Cristina (1996)
- New non-storm articles include: Timeline of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season
The project as a whole is still rather inactive, though more articles are being created and expanded than in previous months. 18 good articles and four featured articles were promoted during June, including Wind. Additionally, about 28 new articles were created and assessed.
As of 01:42, 4 July 2009 (UTC), there are three featured article candidates; see the noticeboard for more info.
A discussion is ongoing at the project talk page (link) regarding the naming of unnamed tropical cyclones, such as 1978 January subtropical storm and 1975 Pacific Northwest hurricane. While more descriptive titles often constitute original research, official designations are sometimes ambiguous. Comments are welcome. There is also a discussion on how the project rates its articles on the importance scale.
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