In addition to causing historic rainfall across the nation Tuesday that forced thousands to evacuate, Typhoon Guchol was distinctive for being the first typhoon in eight years to make landfall in June.

Usually the typhoon season reaches its peak in August and September, when the storms come up from the south and draw a bead on Japan, riding the edge of the North Pacific High, a massive semipermanent “anticyclone.”

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