The year of transoceanic cyclones- former Typhoon Roke lashes U.S./Canadian coastline

September 27, 2011VancouverA powerful early autumn storm, the successor to Typhoon Roke, will continue to lash the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, with high winds and heavy rain. Typhoon Roke made landfall in Japan early last week and has since made a long trek across the northern Pacific Ocean. High winds and heavy rain, having spread ashore before daybreak Monday, will linger through early Tuesday as the storm center crosses the Queen Charlotte Islands. The highest winds of hurricane force in gusts will lash northern Vancouver Island as well as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Monday morning, the highest gusts to 105 mph were clocked on Solander Island, off northwestern Vancouver Island. At the southern end of the Queen Charlottes, 75-mph gusts were registered. Wind speeds will drop off steeply away from the exposed coast and coastal waters, but they will reach gale force along shores from the southern Alaska Panhandle south to Washington and Oregon. Swells off the SW coast of Canada had been recorded as high as 32 feet. Rainfall of 2 to as much as 6 inches will douse much of the area between the coast and the Coast Mountains. The area has already had heavy rain lately, so more flooding and landslides will be possible. –Accuweather
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10 Responses to The year of transoceanic cyclones- former Typhoon Roke lashes U.S./Canadian coastline

  1. Jermaine says:

    wow this is right where i live, we get so much rain here though that its just another day for us vancouverites or should i say raincouverites. I come to this site daily, great work, keep it up!


  2. Tina Marie says:

    Alvin, is this the first time a storm has crossed an ocean turning from Typhoon to Hurricane? I know I’ve never heard of it taking place and isn’t it also a little odd for a hurricane in general to strike that area.


    • Typhoon paths follow three general directions according to the source below.

      a. Straight track (or straight runner). A general westward path affects the Philippines, southern China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
      b. A parabolic, recurving track. Storms recurving affect eastern China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
      c. Northward track. From point of origin, the storm follows a northerly direction, only affecting small islands.

      Source: James B. Elsner and Kam-Biu Liu (2003-10-08). “Examining the ENSO-Typhoon Hypothesis”. Climate Research 25: 43. doi:10.3354/cr025043. Retrieved 2007-08-18.


  3. I live in oregon and just did an I-5 run from portland to klamath falls in one day along that were some small winds but nothing to even worry about or rain to even say it was more than a rain storm and when arriving on southern in of oregon it was perfect weather .. i wouldnt call this weather cyclone by no means


    • I think the point of the story was not intensity but that storm systems have been moving across the spanse of both the Atlantic and Pacific with relative ease this year.


    • Dee says:

      It may not have been much for you , but for us it was unusual weather. We are used to rain here, but it was very, very heavy rain and it went on ALL day long. Everyone was talking about it today bc it was very sunny and nice this morning. That is unusual for us bc it’s more like tropical weather, heavy rain that moves on quickly. We usually get dizzle, grey, mist rain and clouds that don’t move quickly but stick around for days or weeks at a time. We have also been getting lightening here which I used to see in the Prairies while visiting my relatives…not something I remember from my childhood here. 🙂


  4. Xavier says:

    Alvin FYI,

    Earthquake measuring 4.9 jolts J&K (Kashmir).



  5. Sheila S. says:

    We do get hit by the remnants of typhoons occasionally here in the PNW but it is interesting that storms in both oceans are pretty much hitting everyone on both sides. And I know it was worse the farther north it was. Here outside of Seattle our power was knocked out and our lawn furniture that I hadn’t put away yet was blowing around the yard. Some trees and branches down.


  6. Kim says:

    I think where I live we got the storms in the South. Extreme wind and rain!


  7. Now, if we could only get a nice tropical storm to dump some rain onto Texas, that would be nice.



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