A slow-moving Typhoon “Noru” approached the Japanese mainland on Sunday, August 6, 2017, leaving on its way at least 2 people dead and forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for at least 210 000. By early August 6 (UTC), Noru has been a typhoon for 13 days, which made it the longest-lived NW Pacific typhoon since Typhoon “Rita” of 1972. It is also the longest-lived hurricane strength tropical cyclone anywhere around the globe since Hurricane “Ioke” of 2016. For

comparison, the longest-lived hurricane-strength tropical cyclone anywhere around the globe since 1970 was Hurricane “Ginger” in the Atlantic Ocean in 1971 at 19.5 days, according to CSU meteorologist Philip Klotzbach. During those 13 days, Noru danced with and consumed one typhoon, it lost its strength, gained it again and became the first super typhoon of the year, lost it again and approached southern Japan as Category 1 hurricane equivalent. READ MORE