Tropical Storms in the Pacific – Maria, Typhoon Saomai, and Bopha

Pacific Storms in Google EarthSo far this summer the tropical storms in the Atlantic have been mild and few in comparison to last year’s flood of storms. Things have been pretty active in the Pacific though. Right now there are three storms of interest visible in the hurricane tracker which is part of GEB’s collection of Storm Tracking Tools (read more about these tools). Maria is just now striking Japan, Bopha is striking Taiwan, and Typhoon Saomai (currently a class 2 storm) is about 1000 km east of Taiwan and headed west. Use the hurricane tracker to check not only the historical and forecasted track of these storms, but also see satellite photos, radar, and even web cams of the areas the storms are approaching.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. The typhoon’s name is actually Saomai. It means Venus, or the morning star, in Vietnamese.

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