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Daily update- Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 13 JAN

NWPAC outlook, 13 JAN

Extreme cold continues to affect the northern region, while the central region gets ready for another storm system later this week. The south stays locked into perpetual summer, and the tropics remain quiet.


Although temperatures are still bitterly cold across parts of northern China, Mongolia, and eastern Russia, the air mass is moderating just a bit as it warms up in the lower latitudes of eastern Asia. Even so, temperatures will not crawl above freezing in locations north of Beijing, while Beijing and Seoul will once again see a day with high temperatures rising to JUST above the 0C mark. The storm system that brought a serving of wet snow to the Tokyo area yesterday morning has pulled well offshore, helping to clear the skies a bit across the land of the rising sun. A new storm system will bring clouds and chance for showers to northeastern China and eastern Russia today, while the remainder of the north region will see abundant sunshine.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar -14 (7) -24 (-11) Fair
Vladivostok -7 (19) -17 (1) Cloudy
Beijing -2 (36) -8 (18) Fair
Seoul 3 (37) -8 (18) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 8 (46) 0 (32) Partly Cloudy
Xi’an 5 (41) -6 (21) Fair
Shanghai 6 (43) -1 (30) Partly Cloudy



Temperatures across the central region are reflective of the weather in each location. Where there are clouds and rain, temps are cooler, and vice-versa. Clouds and some showers will keep it cool in southern China and Taiwan as moisture drawn in from the west by a developing storm system in central China rides over the cooler air at the surface. Everyone else will see just a few scattered clouds and relatively comfortable temperatures.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 15 (59) 3 (37) Fair
Hong Kong 19 (66) 15 (59) Partly Cloudy
Taipei 15 (59) 13 (55) Rain
Iwo To 8 (46) 3 (37) Fair
Hanoi 18 (64) 16 (61) Cloudy



Summer is staying put in the southern region today even as a cold front presses into parts of the northern Philippines. The seasonal northeast monsoon is helping to keep humidity down a bit, but temperatures across the region are hanging in there at near summertime levels, especially over portions of Vietnam. Most locations will see a dry day, with just a few scattered clouds, although, there is a bit of a wild card with the frontal system over the Philippines. A few thundershowers could pop up along the frontal boundary later this afternoon. Singapore will also see their daily dose of thunderstorms at the peak of daytime heating.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 32 (90) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Ho Chi Minh 34 (93) 24 (75) Fair
Manila 31 (88) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Davao City 31 (88) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 32 (90) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 31 (88) 26 (79) Thunderstorms



The tropics are once again utterly silent today, with just scattered clouds throughout the region. One little bit of concentrated convection is sliding along the I.T.C.Z. (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) in Micronesia near Pohnpei, which will help fire off a few showers this afternoon. Everyone else will see a warm, tropical, Chamber Of Commerce type day today, with plenty of sunshine and gentle sea breezes.

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

Have a great Wednesday!!

Courtesy: CIMSS, HKO, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast,, MeteoEarth

First Snowfall in Tokyo, Tropical remain calm in the south

The Winter weather is the continue topic of conversation today as temperatures drop to dangerous levels in the north and the tropics remain calm in the south.


For example in Ulan Bator the mercury dipped to -37 Tuesday morning. This cold air is having impacts on the rest of East Asia though. In Hokkaido it dropped to -32 while in Tokyo it hit the freezing point ushering in the first snowfall of the 2015-2016 winter season. Later than normal by a week and a month later than last year.

Early morning snow in Tokyo

Early morning snow in Tokyo

The cold air is expected to stay in place in the north and also advect south over Japan and in to southern China this week.


In Japan sea effect snow will be persistent throughout the week moderate to heavy at times but do not expect any big dump or blizzard like conditions.

NHKWORLD explaining cold air over Japan

NHKWORLD explaining cold air over Japan


Tokyo heavy snow next week?

It is possible in fact, by Sunday in to Monday we could have decent snowfall in the Tokyo area. For now we are monitoring this event but is very well possible.

The Tropics


Nothing to really talk about, Pali is waaay out there east of the 180 line and is not expected to come west as a organized storm system.


Thus overall the Philippines is mainly dominated by the north east monsoon and local rain showers.


manilaCheck Michael’s post for the latest details on everywhere else.