Archive | February, 2012

Tokyo Japan Snow Videos & Forecast / 01 MAR 2012

Much of Eastern Japan including Tokyo saw snow today, it was nothing significant by most standards but the few inches that did fall across the Metro area today causing travel delays school closings and an overall hazard to most residents. The few inches that did fall often shut down the well oiled machine of Metro Tokyo due to a lack of infrastructure built to withstand the snowfall. The good news is rising temperatures and the Low Albedo ( Surface Reflection) of the surface in the region will result in a fast melt time allowing for everyone’s lives to get back to normal.

Another shot of wet snow may come over the weekend though, accumulations should remain very low during this next shot but wet weather and an unpleasant weekend is certainly in store for much of Japan. The image below shows the GFS model outlook for this next low pressure system. The areas in the greens and reds indicating the heavier precipitation.

Below is a few videos found on youtube of the snowfall in the area. If you have any that you shot please share them and I’ll be sure to post them in the Update.

 

Flood Warnings Issued Across Australia / 29 FEB 2012

Flood warnings are in effect across New South Wales and Southern Australia today as a frontal system stretches across the country.  We quickly touched on this a few days ago with our previous Australian Update, since then though this elongated frontal system extending off a low pressure area south of Australia has dumped over 100mm of rainfall in many locations across the south with Northwestern Australia seeing an associated trough bringing rainfall to the region.

Australia Flood Potential Indicated by the TRMM Satellite

Unfortunately this rainfall is expected to linger through the week and in to the weekend while gradually drifting towards the East. Over 300-400mm of rainfall can be seen in some locations in Southern Australia with less but still enough to cause flooding in New South Wales and eventually Queensland over the weekend. This heavy amount of rainfall is sure to swell river banks and cause low lying flooding not only in the Outback but in the Metropolitan areas including Sydney.  The analysis below is from the BOM indicating the easterly progression of this trough.

As always stay safe everyone, if you find yourself approaching a flooded road while driving always be careful and ensure to minimize risk and be safe.

A shot of Snow to Tokyo while the tropics remain quite, 29 FEB 2012

A deep area of low pressure is racing across Japan this morning bring a rain/snow mix to the East coast including Tokyo. Therefore make sure to have the umbrella handy and bundle up because its going to be a cold few days.  To the west though in Korea and China today expect fair and dry conditions.  Behind this low more snow is also expected along the West coast as cold air begins to filter in towards Northern Japan on Thursday while the the south remains dry for a brief period of time.  But this will be short lived as another low develops out of china bringing an even larger shot of rainfall to China, Korea and much of Japan on Friday in to the weekend.

Across the tropics seasonal airmass thunderstorms and rain showers dominate the weather pattern with nothing significant expected in the coming days. There is some convection though across the southern Philippines over towards Borneo that will increase the afternoon thunderstorms in those regions but I do not anticipate any flooding.

Lastly I want to remind everyone that in a little over a month I will be starting with NHK World Newsline, so be sure to get the channel, App or just watch it online at this link.

~Meteorologist Robert Speta