07 JAN 2012 Western Pacific Text Update

No video update today, another one will be posted tomorrow by 06Z. Although we do have a brief Synoptic Situation of the weather today.

Starting in the Philippines a Gale warning remains in effect for most of the coastal areas from Luzon to Visayas as tight gradient winds remain over the region due to interaction with the settling high to the north and the monsoonal trough to the south. ASCAT imagery in the region indicates winds above 30-40kts in some locations through the Luzon Strait, not only causing high seas in the region but dangerous rip currents near the coast.  The monsoonal trough is also causing problems for the southern PI as even more rain showers continue to move in on the Washi/Sendong effected regions. (See our Washi/Sendong Recovery Update). Already in Guinan over 61mm of rainfall has fallen on the city in the past 24hrs. As stated in our previous updates this rainfall combined with the already saturated soil in the region could bring the potential of landslides and localized flash floods.

Farther to the West over the South China Sea another low Pressure area is pushing off towards the Malay Peninsula bringing the potential for further flooding in the region. The slideshow at this link shows just a small glimpse of the rainfall being seen in the region over the past several weeks. Just North of Indo-China in to Eastern China, Taiwan & the Ryuku Islands Drizzle continues to fall in the region due to a Semi-Stationary Boundary ahead of the high over Siberia.

Moving to the North a deep Low Pressure is spinning off the Coast of Northern Japan, the cyclone circulation with this system combined with the high over Siberia is bringing in the cold dry air out of siberia and spelling even more snow for the Western and Northern Coast of the country. Observations along the West Coast are currently reporting winds above 30kts as the cold air pushes on shore. Not only the heavy snowfall but also wind chill values in this region will be well below freezing.

Stay Safe out there everyone and I hope your New Year is going great. If you wish to see our latest Video update please click this link. 

~Meteorologist Robert Speta

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