How would you rate a hurricane? The most obvious method is measuring the storm’s maximum wind speed. Air pressure is another popular metric (the lower the pressure, the more intense the storm). Or, you could simply measure the size of the storm. Regardless of the method you select, Super Typhoon Tip rates among the most impressive storms ever recorded on planet Earth.
Tip formed in the Pacific Ocean in October of 1979. The storm intensified rapidly, and achieved a record low pressure reading of 25.69 inches. Winds reached 190 mph sustained, with higher gusts. Tip was also an extremely large system, measuring nearly 1,400 miles in diameter (roughly equal to the distance between Dallas and New York).
Thankfully, Tip weakened before making a final landfall in southern Japan- but still produced widespread damage (and dozens of fatalities).