Neoguri lost its super typhoon status yesterday afternoon when dry air to west of the system weakened it. Prior to that weakening, meteorologists were using words like monster and beast to describe Neoguri, which, despite it slower wind speed, tore past the Philippines and buffeted Japan’s Okinawa Islands last night. The image above shows Neoguri on July 7, 2014. It hurtled across the Pacific as a massive storm, and as one point was expected to be the largest typhoon to have struck Japan in the month of July, ever. No more, though. It’s still expected to make landfall in Japan on July 9.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.