Sensationalist headlines are always a problem in American media, but now I'm seeing it in Japan as well. As I write this, Kyoto has partly cloudy skies and chirping birds, but Tokyo 400km to my east is getting absolutely shellacked by powerful Typhoon #26 of the season.
Yet, it was with surprise that I saw this headline on the Japan Times (major English daily in Japan) web site:
This “largest in a decade” surprised me, so I immediately switched to back to current data about the typhoon, screen captured here for posterity:
The maximum wind of 50 m/s (112mph) is powerful, but doesn't seem to be the most powerful I've seen even recently, much less in all the last 10 years, so the headline perplexed me.
Going back to the article, the first line of prose gives the answer: “The strongest typhoon to reach Tokyo in 10 years...”. Ah, I see. Someone apparently decided that an honest headline wasn't attention-grabbing enough. Sigh.
Incidentally, Typhoon #18 that caused flooding in Kyoto (among much else) a month ago was much weaker wind-wise, but for whatever reason was amazing water-wise, producing “once in a generation” rain over wide areas.
Anyway, the next few hours should be quite lively for the folks in Eastern Japan, so best wishes for them....