COMK Amazing Weather Facts – Longest Lasting Cyclone

In today’s Amazing Weather Facts we present a possibly never to happen again Cyclone that lasted for 31 days, yes you read it right, 31 days and covered a distance of almost 14000 kms in its journey.

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Hurricane John in the year 1994 developed in Eastern Pacific around 8th August though US National Hurricane Centre strongly believes its origin to be a tropical wave that originated off the African Coast. Strangely except for a marginal impact on Johnston Atoll near Hawaii Islands this Hurricane did not have any impact at all on human habitation.  Some snippets from these unique cyclone

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  1. Total Days of Life span : 31 days (Aug,8th to Sept.9th)
  2. Total distance traveled : 13820 kms
  3. Hurricane John was the first system to cross over to Western Pacific after forming in Eastern Pacific thus becoming the first hurricane to be called a Typhoon as well
  4. Hurricane John crossed the International Dateline twice in its lifespan, one among only 4 systems to do it all these years
  5. At its peak it was a category 5 storm with gusting winds of 175 mph

To put a perspective of how far Hurricane John traveled if it had started from Chennai it would have reached all the way to Brazil in South America

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