Tropics Afternoon Update | January 8, 2013

Here is our latest Video Update on the Tropics.

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Sonamu has now weakened to a Tropical Depression and could fully dissipate by tomorrow. Its remnants are forecast to move into the island of Borneo in two days and could bring light rains across the region.

IR Image from NRLMRY showing the locations of the system we are currently monitoring:

In the Philippines, a low pressure area which has actually been upgraded to a Tropical Depression by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) (Invest 94W) continues to bring light to moderate rains across Mindanao and Visayas. The chances of development are very low now but the rains will probably remain for a few more days. Latest rainfall forecast below (derived from a computer model) shows the areas that could possible see rains over the next two days. Eastern sections are urged to continue monitoring the weather for the possibility of heavy rains, flash floods, and landslides.

2-Day Rainfall Forecast (NOT OFFICIAL!)

For the latest rainfall forecast and radar images in the Philippines, click HERE (ClimateX PH)

Finally, a tropical disturbance moving south of Guam could bring another round of rains to the Philippines in 3 days’ time. Some computer models are hinting at a possible cyclone development but the chances of it are still low at this time. Nevertheless, we’ll continue to keep a close eye on this system.

-WxCaster PAT

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