Japan’s Typhoon Season

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Though officially typhoon season in the Pacific Ocean runs from about mid-May through October, most typhoons affecting Japan make landfall in August and September. The southern areas of Japan, particularly Okinawa, are usually the hardest hit by typhoon season, with several storms usually directly hitting the islands every year. The large southern island of Kyushu also gets a lot of wind and rain from typhoons which this year will compound the problems for those living in temporary housing after the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016. Still, there is nothing quite as beautiful in the summer as the clear skies the day after a typhoon passes through or near.

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