Archive | January 18, 2016

Daily update- Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 19 JAN

NWPAC outlook, 19 JAN

Another very cold day is ahead for most of the north region, while lingering moisture brings clouds and showers to parts of the central region. The south is still seeing very warm temperatures, and the tropics remain utterly quiet.


Very cold air continues to stay locked in over Mongolia, eastern Russia, Korea, and portions of northern China and most locations will see high temperatures well below freezing this afternoon. The latest storm system will keep snow falling over portions of Russia, northeastern North Korea, and northern Japan through the day. For central and eastern China, temperatures will be cool and skies will be sunny. Conditions will also improve across southern and central Japan today as the “south coast low” passes through a little faster than expected, and takes the clouds, rain, and snow with it. There are hints of another incoming push of Siberian air starting to show in the extreme northwestern portion of the region. The latest long-range forecasts show the possibility of a significant temperature drop later this week across the northern region with this new surge. We will keep an eye on things and keep you posted.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar -18 (0) -33 (-27) Fair
Vladivostok -8 (18) -16 (3) Snow & Wind
Beijing -1 (30) -11 (12) Fair
Seoul -7 (19) -14 (7) Fair
Tokyo 9 (48) -2 (28) Fair
Xi’an 5 (41) -4 (25) Fair
Shanghai 9 (48) -2 (28) Fair



Lingering moisture behind the “south coast low” weather system east of Japan will continue to generate some clouds and scattered showers across Taiwan today. Farther to the east, temperatures have dropped significantly and skies are clearing in Iwo To, as the leading cold front of a double frontal system passes through. Central and southern China will see a mix of clouds and sun, while lingering moisture and an old trough keep skies cloudy over northern Indochina this afternoon. Long-range forecasts are also showing a significant temperature change over the central region, timed to begin this weekend, with effects being felt throughout the entirety of the region. We will keep you posted on developments.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 17 (63) 4 (39) Fair & Windy
Hong Kong 17 (63) 15 (59) Partly Cloudy
Taipei 14 (57) 12 (54) Scattered Showers
Iwo To 4 (39) -1 (30) Partly Cloudy
Hanoi 19 (66) 17 (63) Cloudy



Intense heat continues to build over portions of the south region, and for many locations, it is only going to get worse as we roll through the week. A few thunderstorms could pop up in portions of central Indochina as an old trough activates the available moisture at the peak of afternoon heating. A very weak ripple of energy is also passing through the southern Philippines and Malaysia, helping fire off some scattered thunderstorms in those locations. As mentioned in the previous segments, a temperature change is forecast for some of the most northerly of locations in the south region early next week. On the down side, temperatures will soar just south of those areas, and we could see dangerous heat build up over portions of Indochina as we kick off the next work week. We will keep you advised of the developments.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 30 (88) 23 (73) Thunderstorms
Ho Chi Minh 34 (93) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Manila 32 (90) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Davao City 32 (90) 24 (75) Sctd. T-storms
Brunei 31 (88) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 33 (91) 26 (79) Thunderstorms



Conditions are quiet across the tropics once again today, with most locations enjoying a great day. One very weak ripple of energy is drifting westward through western Micronesia, and the windy remnants of PALI are still keeping it gusty in Majuro. Clouds will be increasing across the Marianas today as the most southerly cold front associated with the dual frontal system scenario playing out to the north begins to move into the area. All other locations in the tropical region can expect a great day, with scattered clouds and plenty of sunshine!

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 27 (81) 23 (73) Increasing Clouds
Yap 31 (88) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Palau 32 (90) 25 (77) Sctd. T-storms
Chuuk 29 (84) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Pohnpei 29 (84) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Majuro 29 (84) 27 (81) Cloudy & Windy
Wake 28 (82) 24 (75) Fair

Have a great Tuesday!

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

Heavy Snowfall Blackets Tokyo and Most of Japan

stormPretty much everyone has been impacted by the storm moving across Japan today. Heavy snowfall is in fact expected to fall from Hokkaido all the way south to Kyushu.


Okinawa looks like the only place in Japan that will not be seeing the white stuff, they will see a decent temperature drop though heading in to Tuesday and Wednesday.


While most of Japan is built for heavy snowfall especially along the West coast the Metro Tokyo area is not prepared at all. The roads are narrow and there is such limited snow to deserve a snow combating force.

There has been numerous train delays which is having a significant impact on commuters. Even here at my office in NHK people are showing up late on average 30m to a hour.

The photos below is from Sangen-jaya in Setagaya where long ques are up to just get on the train.


That is why most trains have been delayed Monday morning right at rush hour. Over 130 flights have been cancelled out of Haneda and several highways have been shut down.


At least 11 injuries have also been reported including one that was a result of a overturned minivan on a highway. (Below)


The forecast in Tokyo is improving though with the snow turning to a mushy rain by the afternoon hours. Other areas of Japan will continue to get more and more snow though with by the end of the wee over 200cm across parts of Hokkaido and Hokoriku.


In fact I will be in Tsugaike with Tokyosnowclub next weekend and truly am hoping for more snow in that region after a struggling start to the winter season.

 For updates for the rest of the Westpac check out Michaels Update today.