Typhoon Lan Heads Out To Sea, Three Dead In Japan

by Elaine Lies (Reuters) A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Four people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights canceled, and train services disrupted in the wake of … [Read more...]

Any Port in a Storm?

By Captain George Livingstone One of the great ‘maritime’ authors of the 20th century is Jan de Hartog, born in Holland, his seagoing career spanned the glory years of Dutch ocean towing.  Thankfully for those of us who love a good sea story, he turned to writing.  One of my favorite quotes from him - “The call of the sea ceases only when it is finally … [Read more...]

One Dead, Two Injured After Wave Hits North Sea Drilling Rig COSL Innovator

One person has died and two other were injured on Wednesday after a large wave hit a semi-submersible drilling rig operating in the North Sea. Statoil confirmed the incident in a email on Wednesday, reporting that the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 30th aboard the COSL Innovator. The company said it was informed by police that one person has died as a … [Read more...]

UK Storm Drives Wind Turbines to Record Output Levels

By Rachel Morison Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Heavy gales battering the U.K. will peak in the north later today before heading south, leaving thousands of homes without power. The Met Office issued weather warnings for the northwest of the country, where winds of as much as 77 miles per hour (124 kilometers per hour) hit coastal areas, according to the national weather … [Read more...]

Weather Bomb Explodes in the Western Pacific [UPDATE]

16 January Update:  A major hurricane force storm continues over the western North Pacific with winds up to 65 knots and significant wave heights up to 20 meters (about 66 feet)! The significant wave height is the average of the 1/3 highest waves which means that some waves will be higher. Given a significant wave of 20 meters, about 1 in 10 waves could be 25 meters (82 … [Read more...]