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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

Nice images there Cookie. This one would have been very interesting to observe, the storm was truly immense. Shame about the deaths related to this epic storm but if this kind of thing happened now, in the Atlantic, this place would meltdown :) .

More info on STY Tip:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Tip

Interesting the meteorological history with this one. Tip initally struggled due to being too close to the larger Tropical Storm Roger, but as Roger moved away that's when Tip became a beast- as you say the most intense and the largest tropical cyclone on record worldwide. The first satellite image on the wiki article makes it hard to imagine this system's existance being threatened by Roger, look at the sheer size Tip ended up being compared to the much smaller Roger to the west. The two storms together practically filled the entire West Pacific basin!

Tip's minimum pressure record has been threatened a few times, namely Tropical Cyclone Monica near Australia in 2006. An unofficial dvorak estimate but Monica's pressure at peak intensity at 869mb, 1mb lower than Tip. As it is unoffical and only an estimate, Tip retains the record, though it's interesting that Monica could have been the most intense cyclone ever worldwide. We will never know for sure. Monica was much smaller than Tip though, that's for sure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Monica

Tip was a truly amazing storm. The West Pacific in general produces the most intense TC's, and is the most active basin worldwide. Been a bit quiet for the last couple years though.

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