Archive | June, 2013

Tropical Storm Rumbia/Gorio Morning Update

Tropical Storm Rumbia (Gorio) continues to move across Southern Luzon and is currently passing just south of the capital. The storm was last located approximately 40km south southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Rumbia is moving west northwestward at 30kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

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Latest satellite image shows the cloudiness associated with Tropical Storm Rumbia is now moving across Southern Luzon regions. Convective activity is starting to rebuild near the storm’s center, just as it passes near Metro Manila. As the system pulls away, we’re also starting to see rain taper off across Eastern Visayas and the Bicol Region.

Radar Image from PAGASA

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Latest radar image out of the Subic Doppler Radar shows widespread moderate rains moving into Central and Southern Luzon. Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, and nearby areas should expect the rains to continue with possible accumulations of up to 100mm increasing the likelihood of flooding and landslides.  For the latest radar image and rainfall reports, please click HERE (ClimateX PH Website)

Tropical Storm Rumbia will continue moving west northwestward and should exit into the South China Sea later this afternoon. Rains will continue for Central and Southern Luzon throughout the day today but should begin to ease later tonight into tomorrow. If you are in prone areas, coordinate with your local officials for the latest reports in your area.

If you have any images or reports of the storm’s impacts in your area, feel free to share them with us. Keep it right here for the latest updates on this storm as it moves across Luzon.

-WxCaster PAT

Tropical Storm Leepi Morning Update and a new Tropical Depression

Tropical Storm Leepi continues to affect the Miyako Islands of Japan. The storm has also left the Philippine Area of Responsibility earlier this morning. TS Leepi was last located approximately 120km north northwest of Miyako-jima or about 300km west southwest of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Leepi is moving northward at 25kph.

VIS Image from NRLMRY

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Latest visible satellite image shows that Leepi is starting to feel the effects of the increase in wind shear. Convective activity is now more confined on the southern semi-circle with the low-level center becoming slightly exposed. We are also seeing multiple vortices forming and rotating around Leepi’s true center.

Radar Image from JMA

Leepi moved near the Miyako Islands earlier this morning bringing gusty winds and moderate rains. Many stations in the islands have reported seeing winds of up to 100kph along with rainfall amounts of 50 to even 80mm. Most of the bands are now moving away from Miyako although residual rains may still impact the region. Meanwhile, Okinawa should start seeing isolated rain showers beginning this afternoon. For the latest rainfall reports and radar images out of Japan, click HERE (JMA Website).

Tropical Storm Leepi will move just west of Okinawa later this afternoon. The system is forecast to start accelerating and turning more to the northeast as it rounds the sub-tropical ridge. Leepi is also forecast to move very near the Kyushu Island by Friday morning. By then, the system should begin transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone as it interacts with the baroclinic zone.

Meanwhile, a new Tropical Depression has been classified by the Japan Meteorological Agency. This new system is located in the South China Sea, just west of the Philippine Islands. This system (also classified as Invest 94W by the NRLMRY) is exhibiting strong convective activity and an improving curved banding near the center. JMA expects it to become a Tropical Storm within 24 hours while the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has upgraded the system’s chance to MEDIUM.

Keep it right here at Western Pacific Weather for the latest updates on  these tropical system as well as the major weather news around the Asia-Pacific Region.

Stay safe!

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Tropical Depression East of the Philippines Continues to Develop

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Tropical Depression 98W, or Bagyong Dante as it is called by PAGASA, continues to slowly consolidate as it moves across the waters east of the Philippines. The system right now is located about 800km east of the island of Luzon. Winds are around 40 to 60kph. TD 98W is currently moving northward at a speed of 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

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Latest satellite image shows 98W with improving convective activity and a core that continues to show signs of improvement. East of the system, converging winds are spawning rains and thunderstorms that could affect parts of Guam and Micronesia. Meanwhile, the southwesterly flow that feeds into the circulation of this depression is producing widespread rains across the Philippines. Areas across Visayas and Mindanao may see prolonged rains today which could cause flooding and even landslides.

Computer models continue to show TD 98W moving northward and not directly affecting the Philippines. Atmospheric conditions will remain somewhat favorable and there is a good chance of this system becoming a Tropical Storm in the near future. Model consensus also show a track that could impact parts of Japan by early next week.

We’ll have continuous updates throughout the day on this development tropical system.

-WxCaster PAT