Update: Super Typhoon Halong how with max winds 155 knots

Super Typhoon Halong satellite image

Super Typhoon Halong has continued to strengthen and now has max winds of 155 knots (180 mph) as it moves north-northwestward over the western North Pacific ESE of Iwo To.  This makes Halong the strongest western North Pacific typhoon of the 2019 season.

Halong is a very dangerous storm but very small in size. Currently hurricane force winds extend outward only 15-20 nm with 50 knot winds outward 30-35 nm.  The max significant wave height is estimated to be 47 feet (14.3 meters). 

Super Typhoon Halong estimated wind field

Halong continues to be in a favorable environment with low vertical wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures. Halong should move northward over the next 12 hours then gradually recurve north-northeast then northeastward and accelerate. 

Halong should be near its peak intensity with gradual weakening likely to begin within 12 hours. 

JTWC forecast track for Super Typhoon Halong







About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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