Ask the 6 Storm Team: Inside the eye of a typhoon

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Typhoon Goni has been spinning across the Pacific since Aug. 13, when it formed as a mere tropical depression southeast of Guam.

It passed over Sunday one of the Southern Islands of Japan called Ishigaki where an amazing 159 mph wind gust was recorded. The previous record wind gust for that weather station was 158 mph in 1977.

Satellite imagery shows the storm has an almost-perfectly formed eye. Inside the eye, the winds are light to calm while along the edges of the nearby eyewall, the winds are the strongest. An infrared version of the satellite image, shows the eye completely engulfs the entire island.

Infrared satellite image of Typhoon Goni
Infrared satellite image of Typhoon Goni

Video of what it looked like from the ground on this island is impressive as well. As the photographer spins around you can see the outer edges of the eyewall, but it is completely still where they are with the sun shining overhead.

It was filmed after the leading edge of the eyewall had passed through and before the trailing edge of the eyewall moved through, so they weren’t completely safe from the storm’s winds.

This view from the center of a typhoon or hurricane is sometimes referred to as the dome effect or stadium effect.

It would be just like you were standing on the 50 yard line of Neyland Stadium and turning 360 degrees to see the surrounding stands as if they were the eyewall of a Typhoon or Hurricane. That is what we saw in the video.

The typhoon eyewall made landfall twice with winds over 150 mph and produced a lot of damage to this small island.

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