Alaska May Be Facing Strongest Storm Ever


Alaska may be facing one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the region, thanks to remnants of Typhoon Nuri. AccuWeather reported these remnants are headed toward the Bering Strait and Alaskan region. The central pressure of the storm is expected to be below 930 millibars (mb) and may even break a record from 1977 when the central pressure was recorded at 925 mb over the Bering Sea.

Typhoon Nuri recently passed over the Pacific Ocean as a Super Typhoon, or the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane this past Monday, Nov. 3, according to Mashable. The system had sustained winds of around 180 mph as it churned the sea almost hitting Japan. It is now headed toward the Bering Sea and projected to possibly bring up to 50-foot waves, according to ABC News.

Super Typhoon Nuri was reportedly one of the strongest storms to hit in recent times, so Alaska may not only be facing tough weather conditions, but possibly the strongest storm to hit the region since 1977. Mashable reported the remnants of Typhoon Nuri may bring a storm with a central pressure point of around 925 mb, which was the recorded pressure point of a previous storm. ABC News stated the current storm is likely to impact the Bering Strait area before weakening and hitting parts of Alaska.

ABC News stated a warning was sent to communities near the coast of Alaska. The warning, issued by the Alaskan division of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, had notified residents of possible dangerous weather conditions. Residents were reportedly advised to stay indoors over the weekend.

Mashable reported in a separate article that the system in the Bering Sea will also influence the jet stream. According to Andrew Freedman, a senior Climate Reporter of Mashable, heavy rain and snow may hit parts of the Midwest and northern East Coast. It may also influence the high-pressure system currently in California, making temperatures above average by about 10 degrees, according to Doyle Rice of USA Today.

Rice stated snow will most likely hit the upper Midwest, Plains area and northern Rockies. The Plains area could reportedly see high temperatures below average by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit after the weekend. Some cities, including Chicago and St. Louis may only see temperatures reach up to 30 degrees, while the Twin Cities may reportedly stay around freezing point for a few days, Rice had stated.

Rice had dubbed the system hitting the northeastern U.S. as part of the polar vortex cycle, although the predicted cold weather conditions do not necessarily resemble the exact definition of freezing polar air hitting parts of North America. To start, the U.S. is still in fall season and does not ordinarily see freezing temperatures in certain parts of the U.S. at this time. The fall in temperatures is reportedly due to a dip in the jet stream impacted by remnants of Typhoon Nuri.

Mashable reported on a scientist named Heather M. Archambault of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She had stated in an interview that a “recurving storm” energizes the jet stream and sends very stormy conditions towards the downstream part of the jet stream. In this case, parts of the upper Midwest area and northeasterly area of the U.S. will feel dropping temperatures associated with the dip. Alaska, on the other hand, may face the strongest storm ever to hit its region if the central pressure point goes below 925 mb.

By Liz Pimentel

Mashable (Super Typhoon Nuri)
ABC News
USA Today
Mashable (Jet Stream)

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