Here’s the view from space of typhoon Saola (courtesy NASA)
What a view. A view from outer space. It’s a pretty incredible picture, although – even though this storm looks ominous, it will likely be heavy rain. I’m no Al Roker – who is annoyingly kind of funny, but makes you cringe because you just want to hear the forecast.
This sucker is known as typhoon Saola. Say that three times – Saola, Saola, Saola. Yes, it’s like using nunchucks to fight off the sound – kind of like me trying to speak Mandarin.
The U.S .Consulate General in Shanghai sent out this alert to U.S. citizens:
This Emergency Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in the Shanghai Consular District, which includes Shanghai, Anhui province, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang province, that the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau is tracking Tropical Storms SAOLA and DAMREY across the East China Sea. At this time both storms are expected to make landfall along the southeastern coast of mainland China and are expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds across Shanghai and coastal areas of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces from August 1 to August 4, 2012.
I will say this – yes, Mom – I’m talking to you – it probably won’t be as bad as it sounds, or looks from the “astronauts'”vantage point.
I will phone home though.
And you better believe – the Chinese will be armed with umbrellas. Don’t worry, it’s almost like a third arm.
Goodbye blue sky and hot, sunny Shanghai days – hello, wind, rain and wellies (I’m not British, but it sounded better).