September 20, 2017

Typhoons

Tropical cyclones in Japan

Due in part to climate change, studies have shown that typhoons have increased in strength over the past few decades. Typhoon season in Japan typically peaks at the end of summer in August before concluding at the beginning of October. Typhoons are referred to by number in Japan; however, there is also a name assigned to the storm from a list based on the storm’s origin. The list is a compilation of names contributed by countries that are affected by Pacific tropical cyclones.

Because of Japan’s geography, a typhoon’s damage is not necessarily directly from the strong winds and rains of the storm. Much secondary damage comes from flooding and landslides. Many residents already have emergency supplies in their houses in preparation for earthquakes, and such stockpiles can also be helpful in the case of typhoons. Having bottled water and food, along with flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit is recommended. Keep in mind if you are expecting your household goods from overseas, typhoons can heavily affect the shipment’s arrival.

“Because of Japan’s geography, a typhoon’s damage is not necessarily directly from the strong winds and rains of the storm. Much secondary damage comes from flooding and landslides.”

Japan’s Meteorological Agency uses very up to date technology to measure and predict the path of tropical cyclones, and this information is broadcast on the news quite widely during typhoon season. For information in English, check the official JMA website in English: www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/.