Archive | September, 2012

Typhoon Jelawat Early Evening Update September 30, 2012

Here is our latest update on Typhoon Jelawat which is now moving into the Chubu Region in Honshu.

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According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Jelawat made landfall in the Kii Peninsula at around 12pm or 1pm. It moved back to the water and is currently making landfall in the Mie Prefecture. Widespread rains continue to fall across much of Honshu. Many stations have already received 300mm of rain in the past 12 hours alone and more rains are on the way. As much as 500mm of rain is possible in some areas, especially in mountainous areas, as we head into tomorrow. Aside from the rains, strong winds and high waves continue to batter the coasts of Honshu. Some stations have reported sustained winds of around 80kph along with occasional gusts of 150kph.

Also in the video are updates on the two low pressure areas (update begins at 7:11) which have actually been upgraded to Tropical Depressions by the JMA. One is near Guam and the other is located in the South China Sea. Both systems have a good chance of becoming Tropical Storms in the next few days.

While Jelawat may be weakening at this point, it still is a dangerous storm! Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyong Lawin) Early Evening Update September 29, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyon Lawin), Tropical Storm Ewiniar, and also on a couple of low pressure areas that we are watching across the Western Pacific. Update on Jelawat starts at 0:48 while our update on Tropical Storm Ewiniar begins at around the 8:12 mark; our update on the two Low Pressure Areas begin at 9:38. Again, thank you for watching our lengthy yet in-depth video update!

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Typhoon Jelawat blew across Okinawa today bringing strong typhoon-force winds and very heavy rains. Some stations actually reported seeing wind gusts of as high as 220kph or 135mph! Rainfall amounts in the region range between 150 and 300mm! Jelawat is moving near Amami and still bringing winds of up to 160kph in the area.

Radar from JMA

Latest radar from Amami shows the center of Jelawat along with the inner and outer rain bands that are producing very heavy rainfall. Some of those bands could produce as high as 30mm of rain in an hour. In fact, we already have stations in Okinawa and the nearby islands collection nearly 300mm of rain just today! Fortunately, rains are tapering across Okinawa but will remain for Amami and the nearby islands. 100 to 150mm of rain are still possible as we head into tonight and tomorrow.

For more on the radar images, warnings, and forecasts for your area, please visit Japan Meteorological Agency by clicking HERE If you are inside Kadena, please consult your local authorities for instructions and warnings inside the base.

Jelawat is quickly northeastward and could make landfall in Honshu tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) around the Wakayama or Mie Prefecture. By that time, Jelawat could weaken to a Tropical Storm or a Category 1 Typhoon. It will move across Honshu, passing within 100km of Tokyo by Sunday evening. Despite the forecast weakening, Jelawat will still be a dangerous storm once it hits Honshu, please do not take this storm lightly!

Check out our homepage at for the images and videos around Okinawa that were shared to us!

Below is a link to a video sent to us from Yaeyema (Thanks jewcher!)

This link, meanwhile, is a video from our Typhoon Chaser James Reynolds!

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ewiniar is moving out to sea away from Japan. It could become extra-tropical tomorrow but it’s not expected to really be a threat to land.

Finally, we give a quick update on two low pressure areas that could develop in the next few days. One is Invest 94W near Guam which could actually become a cyclone in the next 3 days. The other system is Invest 95W east of Vietnam in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and could become a cyclone in the next 5 days.

IR Image from NRLMRY

To help you visualize all the systems we are currently watching, the image above is an infra-red satellite of the Western Pacific and we have outlined the two tropical cyclones and two low pressure areas. The Western Pacific is definitely active!

Please continue to check back here for the latest information on these systems as well as on the Tube Casts by our very own Meteorologist Robert Speta. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

Super Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyong Lawin) Afternoon Update September 27, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Super Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyong Lawin) east of Luzon and also on Tropical Storm Ewiniar near Iwo To. Update on Jelawat starts at the beginning while our update on Tropical Storm Ewiniar begins at around the 10:59 mark. Again, thank you for watching our lengthy yet in-depth video update!

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Typhoon Jelawat continues to move northward near the Batanes Islands and Taiwan. Outer rain bands are currently impacting the region, including Northern Luzon, with some stations in the Philippines reporting 50mm in the past 12 hours. Furthermore, tropical storm winds are beginning to be reported in the Yaeyema Islands of Japan despite the center still far from the area.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has now raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Batanes Group of Islands for possible typhoon-force winds in the next 12 to 24 hours. Signal #2 for Cagayan, Calayan, and Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal #1 is in effect for Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Isabela. Provinces mentioned should expect strong winds to remain in the next 24 hours along with the possibility of heavy rains that could bring as much as 50mm. Batanes Islands could actually see 100mm of rain tonight and tomorrow along with winds of up to 120 to 140kph.

CWB Radar from Taiwan

Please visit the Central Weather Bureau for the latest radar images, warnings, and forecasts for Taiwan. You can access CWB by clicking HERE

Jelawat is forecast to move northward and then turn northeastward in the next 2 days. It will spare Taiwan but could move near Ishigaki and the rest of the Yaeyema Islands by tomorrow bringing typhoon winds along with heavy rains. By Saturday, Jelawat is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 or a Category 3 Typhoon and could actually make landfall in Okinawa by Saturday afternoon. It may be weakening, but Jelawat will still be a very powerful typhoon once it hits Okinawa so please do not take this storm lightly and should begin your preparations now!

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ewiniar continues to move northward but is staying well south of Honshu. Despite the distance, some light rain showers along with strong winds are being reported in Southeastern Honshu and the Izu Islands. Some of those rains could also impact Tokyo tonight and tomorrow but is not expected to be significant. Ewiniar is expected to stay far from Honshu as it turns to the northeast, accelerating as it interacts with the strong westerly winds.

The video and the forecasts herein are NOT OFFICIAL! Please continue checking out your country’s weather bureau for the latest official warnings and forecasts for your area. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT