Tropical Cyclone Kujira (02W) north of Palau, Philippine Sea
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Packing sustained winds of 155 mph with gusts to 190 mph, Tropical Cyclone Kujira has now reached super typhoon status. "Super typhoon" is a term utilized by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center for typhoons that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 150 mph. This is the equivalent of a strong Saffir-Simpson category 4 or category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin or a category 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Australian basin.