35th Anniversary of Super Typhoon Bess

Super Typhoon Bess at peak intensity on July 29, 1982
(NOAA)

On August 1, 1982, Tropical Storm Bess struck Japan’s main island of Honshu.  Although days before Bess had been classified a Super Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/hr), the storm weakened considerably prior to landfall.  Despite this, Bess brought torrential rains across the most populated provinces of Japan.  A peak 24-h rainfall of 36″ (922 mm) was recorded on Mount Hidegadake in Nara Province.  Over US$2.3 billion in damage was sustained and 95 deaths occurred during Bess’ rampage.

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