7 July 2014: It is now Super Typhoon NEOGURI!

True to the forecast NEOGURI has now reached ‘Super Typhoon’ strength with maximum sustained 250 kph (~156 mph) winds, a category 5 in the Safir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale , gusting to 304 kph (~190 mph 3-sec gusts) as it tracks NNW  to the east of Taiwan.

Infrared satellite image (Joint Typhoon Warning Center) of 7 July 2014 showing super-typhoon NEOGURI
Infrared satellite image (Joint Typhoon Warning Center) of 7 July 2014 showing super-typhoon NEOGURI

Super-typhoon NEOGURI continues to track in a favorable ocean-atmospheric environment, which may promote further strengthening in the next 12 – 24 hours.

Full-disk satellite image (JTWC) showing the Pacific basin and super-typhoon NEOGURI, as well as other weather systems in the basin
Full-disk satellite image (JTWC) showing the Pacific basin and super-typhoon NEOGURI, as well as other weather systems in the basin

All interest around the Yellow Sea basin, from Taiwan and China, to Korea and Japan must monitor the progress of this super typhoon closely over the next couple of days at it carries the potential for causing severe damage  to buildings and infrastructure through the impacts of high winds, extreme rain, and storm surge.

UPDATE: 8 JULY 2014

Typhoon NEOGURI has weakened over the past few hours as it continues to move northward between northeastern Taiwan and southwestern Japan. The appearance of the storm has changed in satellite imagery, becoming more open with a larger eye. The forecast track has shifted slightly to the east. Osaka, Kyoto and even Tokyo appear to be in line with the projected track over the next couple of days.

Infrared satellite image (JTWC) of 8 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI moving generally northward as it makes a gradual turn NE toward Japan
Infrared satellite image (JTWC) of 8 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI moving generally northward as it makes a gradual turn NE toward Japan
Projected track of typhoon NEOGURI as of 8 July 2014
Projected track of typhoon NEOGURI as of 8 July 2014
Full disk satellite image  of 8 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI over the far northwestern Pacific
Full disk satellite image of 8 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI over the far northwestern Pacific