Daily update- Friday, January 1, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 01 JAN

NWPAC outlook, 01 JAN

New Year’s Day 2016 is here, and brings a few changes to the weather for the north, while the central region will dry out just a bit today. The south stays sizzling hot, and there are hints of things to come in the tropics.


The first day of 2016 will find most locations in the north warming up just a bit compared to the past week’s readings. The exception will be Mongolia, where a new push of cold air from Siberia has entered the picture and will bring another deep freeze to parts of the region over the next few days. Aside from some snow in extreme northern China and Mongolia, the weather will be mostly fair across the region as we celebrate the beginning of the New Year!

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar -9 (16) -24 (-11) Snow Showers
Vladivostok -1 (30) -6 (21) Fair
Beijing 6 (43) -4 (25) Fair
Seoul 7 (45) 2 (36) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 12 (54) 2 (36) Fair
Xi’an 12 (54) -2 (28) Partly Cloudy
Shanghai 12 (54) 6 (43) Fair



The central region will also see a pretty significant improvement in the weather, with warmer temperatures and more sunshine today for most locales. A storm system is getting organized over central China today, so those areas could see a few thunderstorms today and the afternoon heating helps fuel the clash of air masses. Hanoi will also see considerable cloudiness associated with this growing storm. Everyone else should enjoy a relatively cloud and rain-free day as the New Year gets kicked off!

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 12 (64) 5 (41) Thunderstorms
Hong Kong 20 (68) 17 (63) Fair
Taipei 22 (72) 16 (61) Partly Cloudy
Iwo To 11 (52) 2 (36) Fair
Hanoi 21 (70) 15 (59) Mostly Cloudy



The New Year brings a change in the date, but in the south, the weather situation is hardly new. More torrid heat will be in place across Indochina today as clear skies allow intense winter sunshine to really heat things up. A weak trough is draped over the Philippines, helping to create some beneficial light to moderate rain showers across the archipelago and cool things off just a bit there. Farther south, Malaysia will see the usual dose of scattered thunderstorms, while Indonesia and Brunei will see just a few clouds and warm temperatures to get 2016 started with a bang!

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 32 (90) 20 (68) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 22 (72) Fair
Manila 29 (84) 23 (73) Num. Showers
Davao City 31 (88) 23 (73) Num. Showers
Brunei 32 (90) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 30 (86) 26 (79) Thunderstorms



The tropics will start the New Year off a bit damp today, as scattered areas of energy flail about in the I.T.C.Z. (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone). Activity in the zone is quite scattered, but coagulates as you travel eastward into the Marshall Islands, courtesy of the developing tropical depression 90C. At this time, TD 09C is expected to move slowly westward and cross the I.D.L. (International Date Line) sometime on Sunday. After the system crosses it is expected to strengthen to tropical storm strength, and would be the first system of the New Year. We will keep you posted on developments with this system. Elsewhere across the tropics, most locations can look forward to clouds and a few showers, and maybe even a few thunderstorms, as the available moisture fires up in the afternoon sun. Majuro and Pohnpei are already feeling some of the effects of TD 09C, clouds, wind, and numerous showers. Wake will also see a cloudy and windy day as energy from the north moves into the area.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 27 (81) 23 (73) Scattered Showers
Yap 31 (88) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Palau 30 (86) 25 (77) Scattered Showers
Chuuk 29 (84) 26 (79) Sctd. Thunderstorms
Pohnpei 31 (88) 26 (79) Rain
Majuro 28 (82) 27 (81) Cloudy & Windy
Wake 28 (82) 24 (75) Cloudy & Windy

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

Courtesy: CIMSS, HKO, NRL, JTWC, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast, Weather.com, MeteoEarth

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