Typhoon

A map showing Super Typhoon Haiyan superimposed over the continental United States has gone viral. It's all wrong.Here's the image, supposedly (actually?) created by the Red Cross: Now, here's the Philippines over the United States:And here's Haiyan with respect to the Philippines:

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It’s not often that the classification “Super Typhoon”—the equivalent of a strong Category 4 or 5 Hurricane, like Katrina or Andrew—fails to convey the intensity of a tropical cyclone. But “Haiyan,” a Super Typhoon about to make landfall over the Philippines, is no ordinary Super Typhoon. Haiyan makes Katrina look like a run-of-the-mill storm. It may be the most intense tropical storm in recorded history. But there’s a catch: We may never know for sure.

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