Archive | January 1, 2012

SE Asia Weather Update #2 1 January 2012

This is my first video updates on and I would like to apologize for any error made.

The latest update on the LPA in the South East Asia. Good news is that both Invest 98W and 99W has dissipate respectively leaving some localize flooding over the area of Northern and East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the Southern Thailand and also the Philippine. Rainfall over 150mm recorded in some of the area in the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia and average of 80mm to 120mm of rainfall for the Northern region states of Malaysia over the past 12 hours. Reports of flooding has been receive all over the affected area but it is expected to improve by tomorrow as currently no additional rainfall on the affected areas is reported.

Fair weather for the Southern region of Peninsula Malaysia extended to Singapore and scattered and isolated rain in several places in the Borneo Island and Brunei.

Forecast weather will remain good for other area except for Southern Thailand, Northern states of Malaysia and the East coast of Peninsula Malaysia in which heavy rain warning is extended until tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Third Category warning for rough seas and strong winds remains for the SCS until 5th of January and it is dangerous for any sea activities along the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

Stay safe and have a good day.

WestPacWx SE Asia Caster ~Francis~


2012 comes in with a huge Shake in Japan

At 1430JST much of the Eastern Sea Board of Japan was rocked with a large 7.0m Earthquake centered 486km to the South of Tokyo. No Tsunami Warnings have been issued by JMA and PTWC (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center) has issued a bulletin stating no pacific wide Tsunami is expected.

None the less many people in Japan were jolted by this earthquake today. The infrastructure  of Japan though is built to withstand these types of earthquakes and damage should and is likely to be limited or none at all.

I do say though it was a scare and with memories of 3/11 still deeply implanted in our minds here in Japan this Earthquake was a short but quick shock and defiantly had a least myself on edge for a few seconds.

~Meteorologist Robert Speta

Low Pressure (Invest 98W) moving across Northern Peninsula Malaysia and Southern Thailand

Happy New year 2012. Invest 98W previously located in the South China Sea has move westward to the Peninsula Malaysia and Southern Thailand bringing intermittent to heavy rainfall across the area. The GFS model has forecast this low pressure system to persist until early evening today (1 January 2012).

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued a Orange Stage heavy rain warning to the northern states of Peninsula Malaysia (Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan) for today as a result of this Invest moving across this three states and this system is expected to leave the peninsula by early evening today. On the other hand, the Thailand Meteorological Department also issued a heavy scattered thunderstorm warning to the southern east and west coast of Thailand and warned of possibility of flash flood due to this heavy rainfall.

Rainfall ranging from moderate to heavy (30mm to 60mm) since midnight 1 January has been reported by the Malaysian Drainage and Irrigation Department over the affected area and the amount of rainfall is expected to increase later today as the system continue to move west northwest as informed by the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The JMA has classified this system as a Tropical Depression.

As usual, we would like to advice all who is in the affected area to always stay alert on the latest warning and announcement from local authority and agency.

We will continue to update on this system later today. Stay safe and have a good day.

WestPac Wx SE Asia Caster ~Francis~