03 FEB 2012 Eastern Asia / Western Pacific Weather Update

Cold and wet weather continues across Eastern Asia today as a deep area of low pressure spins to the North East of Japan. In the wake of this low cold air is rushing across the SOJ producing record breaking snowfall along the Western Coast of Honshu Japan. This snowfall will likely take a break on Sunday as an area high pressure settles over the country. Temperatures as low as -30C is expected in much of North West China and Mongolia. Across Korea and Eastern China the area of high pressure is bringing dry and stable weather but bitter cold temperatures. Moving in to early next week a new low will developing bringing another shot of wet weather to Eastern Asia The image to the right shows the model outlook for Sunday with an area of rainfall extending from Japan through Taiwan extending across Eastern Asia.

The tropics remain quite today in the Northern Hemisphere as the North East monsoon continues to remain weak. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are still expected but no tropical activity is foreseen on any of the model outlooks in the near future.

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