“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it.”
–Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Are we witnessing a weather warfare double punch? The above graphic shows two typhoons barreling across the Pacific. The one on the far left is Typhoon Sarika which hit the Philippines this afternoon (Saturday October 15 in the US/Sunday, October 16 local time in the Philippines). The one seen in the center is Haima, a newly-formed typhoon which is expected to hit the Philippines by Wednesday.
You can go here to access the Weather Channel’s report, which includes a video showing the positions of both storms as of Saturday evening, along with Sarika’s projected path across the South China Sea and into mainland China.
The newly elected leader of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has pursued what would appear to be a confrontational policy toward the US. In addition to calling Obama a “son of a bitch” last month, he has more recently threatened to suspend cooperation with the US on military exercises and hinted at a possible pivot toward China.
“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it,” he has said. “I will not speak with you. I can always go to China.”
“In 2025, US aerospace forces can ‘own the weather’ by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications. Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battle space in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures. The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for the use of a future weather-modification system to achieve military objectives rather than to provide a detailed technical road map.”
The above words are from a paper produced by the US Defense Department back in 1996 entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2015.” You can go here to access the full document.
The hurricane winds battering the Philippines at present were discussed on Dane Wigington’s weekly radio program this morning. Wigington, proprietor at GeoengineeringWatch.org , believes it is an artificially engineered weather system. Apparently, however, he was unaware of Typhoon Haima at the time he did the show. He only mentions Karen.
New Typhoon Seen Stronger than ‘Karen’
While everybody’s bracing up for tropical cyclone Karen (International name: Sarika) which is seen to cross Luzon tonight until tomorrow evening, an upcoming cyclone may be more destructive as it could reach super typhoon category before it passes the main Philippine island.
Weather Underground (Wunderground)—commercial weather service provider based in San Francisco—posted in its site, that Tropical Storm Haima may hit Category 5 (super typhoon) status packing winds of over 251 kilometers per hour (kph) even before it reaches the northern part of Luzon on Wednesday (October 20, 2016).
It is seen to cross the northernmost tip of the main island at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, but still as a Category 4 typhoon with winds between 210 kph and 250 kph.
Wunderground forecasters wrote: Excellent environmental conditions will persist and support rapid intensification as the cyclone tracks northwestward into the Philippine Sea, reaching super typhoon strength at 135 knots or about 251 kph [in 72 hours].
It added that “‘Haima’ will likely intensify under continued favorable environmental conditions, peaking at 140 knots (about 260 kph) by tau 96 (in four days). Afterwards, interaction with the northern tip of Luzon will weaken the system down to 115 knots by end of forecast.”
Haima will be called tropical cyclone “Lawin” when it reaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday.
Forecasters at the Philippine weather agency PAGASA warned that typhoon Kare, which just passed the northern tip of Caranduanes province, could be “the most damaging” storm this year as it is headed for the archipelago’s heavily populated main island of Luzon.
Sarika, packing maximum winds of 180 kilometers per hour, has reportedly knocked out all power and telephone lines in Catanduanes.
“We can see from the radar that the storm is very destructive. It can destroy wooden houses, it can topple trees. It can possibly rip off roofs,” weather forecaster Benison Estareja told AFP.
Sarika is forecast to hit the province of Aurora before dawn Sunday and then cross Central Luzon before heading out to sea by Sunday evening. (Armin A. Amio)