We've been following the progress of super typhoon Haiyan -- strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history -- the past couple days as it approached and ripped across the Philippines. Not a matter of idle curiosity, as Haiyan's path starts as a low pressure system SSE of Ponhpei, Micronesia (FSM), essentially back-tracking the route of MV Shearwater from our Pacific crossing this past spring / early summer. Palau and the south/central Philippines have been very hard-hit; areas which appeared idyllically tropical as we passed through, now devastated with (in the case of PI, great loss of life).
Haiyan Crossing PI11/09/2013
This image shows Typhoon Haiyan's track across the Philippine Islands
Typhoon Fengshen, June 200811/09/2013
June 2008, MV Ice raced across second half of South China Sea crossing, to make shelter in Bolinao, northern Luzon, ahead of Fengshen's arrival. We squeaked in by the skin of our teeth and rode it out at anchor.
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