The Guardians’ Ami Sedghi has written a nice blog comparing Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastating damage and loss of life in the Philippines over recent days, to historical tropical storms; Haiyan has been widely reported in the media as one of the largest tropical storms in history. Ami has also clarified the use of varying names for tropical storms (e.g. typhoon, hurrican, cyclone), depending on where they are.
Turns out that Haiyan looks like the fourth strongest tropial storm in history, and the strongest where it made landfall. Thanks Ami!