A typhoon passing by the buoy experiment

23. December 2021 - 16:00

In 2012, Typhoon Jelawat passed through the buoy experiment conducted by Prof. Satoshi Mitarai. As can be seen in the video, the typhoon caused the buoys to move in circles, but it did not affect the buoys path. Thus, Prof. Mitarai concluded that the typhoons around Okinawa in September didn’t strongly influence the path of the pumice. Instead, he believes, it was a mix of the Kuroshio Countercurrent and trade winds. Credit: Map taken from Google Earth. This video appeared in the article “The pumice around Okinawa: How long will it last and where will it go?”.

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