Western North Pacific Hurricane Force Storm Expected

A rapidly developing storm over the western North Pacific is forecast to produce winds forces 10-12 within 36 hours and seas building to over 40 feet by 48 hours as the storm heads northeastward towards the Aleutians.


As of 0600Z March 17th central pressure 938MB in this monster!

WOW, that is a singular massive toilet bowl of atmosphere in one tremendous great flush!

Pretty close to my personal best in the Bering Sea. I think in the late 80’s or early 90’s where the barometric pressure in Dutch Harbor bottomed out at 922mb. Roofs were flying everywhere that night! Anybody else remember that storm adn what year is was exactly?

I do remember one low back in the 80’s (when I was routing ships with Bendix Marine Science Services) where the central pressure dropped to below 928MB but don’t remember what year (have to do some searching). Most of the hurricane force wind events in the North Pacific, however, appear to occur south of 55N. A good presentation on this was done in 2005 by Joseph M. Sienkiewicz, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, Camp Springs, MD; and J. M. Von Ahn and G. M. McFadden.


With a little help from Joseph Seinkiewicz at NOAA I discoverd that the record occured in 1977.

“The lowest non-hurricane barometric pressure reading from anywhere in the United States was a 27.35? (927 mb) reading at Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Oct. 25, 1977.”