Monday, July 22, 2013

Midget Tropical Cyclone In Western Pacific

Tropical cyclones come in all shapes in sizes -- from Isabel and Sandy, both very large storms to small "micro" or "midget" sized storms that aren't much larger than the distance between Dover and Allentown.

The western parts of the Pacific Ocean recently had one of these midget cyclones fire up and track west last week. It wasn't likely strong enough to earn much more than a Tropical Depression or perhaps Tropical Storm label -- the center was a rather small, compact swirl that lacked thunderstorm activity.

More: Loops of the small system from CIMSS' blog.

While this tropical entity didn't produce much impact outside perhaps with some shipping interests in the middle of the Western Pacific, some small tropical cyclones have produced rather hefty levels of damage. A couple of examples of micro tropical storms range from the powerful Cyclone Tracy, which ravaged Darwin, Australia in 1974 to Hurricane Humberto, which developed in 2007 and made landfall in Texas less than a day after developing into a tropical cyclone.

More: A Midget Typhoon? Who Knew? (Discover Magazine)