The last pieces of Typhoon Nuri have hit Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The storm forced about 120 people in the eastern Shemya Island to take shelter from high winds of 97 mph, but the real damage of the storm may be felt in the distant continental U.S. The remnants of the typhoon have formed a Bering Sea superstorm that has the potential to blow freezing cold arctic winds into the lower 48 states starting next week.
According to the Weather Channel, Super Typhoon Nuri was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in 2014, starting south of Japan and working its way north. On November 2nd, the storm sustained winds of 180 mph for about a minute, the high point in the storm’s destructive power.
The last fragments of that typhoon are now dying out west of Alaska over the Aleutian islands.
Although the typhoon may soon be dead, it may have a lasting legacy by pushing arctic air into the lower 48 states and bringing in an early winter.
The Guardian gave some examples of how much the former Alaskan typhoon will affect temperatures. In Great Falls, Montana, they’re predicting temperatures of about 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 degrees Celsius), compared to a normal high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit. For Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the prediction is 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius), compared to a normal 45 degrees. And Minneapolis is expected to not get over the high 20s.
Although the cold front is expected to hit the northern mid-west the hardest, the winds are expected to go as far south as Texas and travel east throughout next week.
The storm is expected to put a stark end to what has been an unseasonably warm fall. National Weather Service Meteorological Technician Tim Masters explained the
“We’ve been above normal most of the fall, so this is our first shot going the other way being below normal. Basically, this is a wakeup call that this is November and it can get pretty cold this time of year. Hopefully we don’t stay that cold very long.”
Another meteorologist, Gino Izzi, doesn’t believe that it will get substantially warmer after the cold Alaskan air passes, adding “It doesn’t look real promising for a warmup after that, either.”
As for Alaska, no serious damages or injuries have been reported yet, but the storm will continue to linger on through the weekend. As Jason Ahsenmacher, National Weather Service meteorologist, explained the typhoon still has some juice left.
“It’s going to slowly weaken all the way through Sunday. It’s going to be a very slow process.”
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