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Daily update- Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 26 JAAN

NWPAC outlook, 26 JAAN

Temperatures are rebounding in the north and the central following the latest Siberian surge. The south stays warm as it avoids the surge, and the tropics remain quiet and stable.


Temperatures have rebounded quite nicely in the north region following the latest “Siberian surge” that settled in across most of Asia this past weekend. It’s still darn cold, especially in Mongolia, northern China, and eastern Russia, but temperatures are fully 5-15C above where readings were in the region just 48 hours ago. A new reinforcing surge of cold air will move into the region later this week and weekend, but it will not be a strong as the previous system and will allow temperatures to settle in to near normal levels. Weather across the north region will be quite nice today, with just a few scattered clouds and plentiful sunshine.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar -18 (0) -31 (-24) Partly Cloudy
Vladivostok -4 (16) -17 (1) Fair
Beijing 2 (36) -11 (12) Fair
Seoul 3 (37) -7 (19) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 11 (52) 1 (32) Fair
Xi’an 4 (39) -7 (19) Fair
Shanghai 6 (43) -1 (30) Fair



Locations in the central region are still quite cold as the “Siberian surge” event continues for most of the region. The lone exceptions would be along the southeastern Chinese coast and offshore as Hong Kong and Taiwan see the beginnings of the next incoming storm system for the central region as a plume of moisture moves through and helps moderate the temperatures there a bit. The down side of that scenario is clouds, and a cold rain, are in store for northern portions of Vietnam and southern China. Everyone else should see just a few scattered clouds with adequate sunshine.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 7 (45) 1 (34) Partly Cloudy
Hong Kong 12 (54) 11 (52) Cloudy
Taipei 18 (64) 13 (55) Partly Cloudy
Iwo To 8 (46) 3 (37) Cloudy
Hanoi 9 (48) 7 (45) Rain



Although the “Siberian surge” spared most of the south region from any appreciable cooling effects, some of the cooler air did make its way into northern portions of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as the northern Philippines. Areas in southern Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and the southern Philippines have just been hot, as the warm air gets compressed along the frontal boundary. The compression is starting to end, and more normal temperatures are being felt across the southern region today. Areas to the north are still feeling the cooler effects of the surge for one more day, while areas to the south stay hot. Most locations will see just a few clouds today, with Singapore seeing the best chance for afternoon thunderstorms.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 29 (84) 17 (63) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 33 (91) 24 (75) Fair
Manila 29 (84) 22 (72) Partly Cloudy
Davao City 32 (90) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 33 (91) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 31 (88) 26 (79) Thunderstorms



Fortunately, the tropics remain mostly quiet today as the I.T.C.Z. (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) keeps a low profile, and that’s no pun. The zone is situated very far to the south, which is normal this time of year, and is mostly devoid of any significant activity. One weak wave is traversing the Marshall Islands and will move into eastern Micronesia over the next day or so, helping to increase clouds and rain chances across these island locations. Everyone else will see just a few clouds mixed in with the sun and nice, balmy, tropical temperatures.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 27 (81) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Yap 31 (88) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Palau 32 (90) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Chuuk 29 (84) 26 (79) Cloudy
Pohnpei 30 (86) 26 (79) Cloudy
Majuro 29 (84) 27 (81) Cloudy
Wake 28 (82) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy

Have a great Tuesday!

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

The “Big Chill” sweeps over North East Asia with record cold temperatures

The Big Chill really did just that, brought a BIG chill across much of North East Asia this past weekend bringing record setting temperatures to Okinawa, Taiwan and Southern China.


In Okinawa the first ever recorded measurable snowfall was reported in Nago. In the past we have seen sleet on the island but never enough for JMA to report official “snowfall”. The most notable instance was in winter of 1974.
The temperature also dropped to a record low of 4 in Naha.


Kids Make a Snowman in Okinawa

Kids Make a Snowman in Okinawa

In Taiwan Taipei reported snowfall while temperatures dropped to near the freezing point.

In Kagoshima Japan the freezing point dropped below freezing and 14cm of record breaking snowfall fell in the southern prefecture of Kyushu Japan. The active volcano Sakura Jima was snow capped quite beautifully Monday morning.

Hong Kong reported frost and ice buildup in some areas in the city. The low reached 3.1C. The coldest since 1957.


Hong Kong

Keep in mind if you are from a warmer climate and thinking “that is nothing”. Well it may be for you but take away your heating, your warm cloth, your house insulation and your heavy blankets and then deal with temperatures pushing near the freezing point. Things get a lot harder.

That is why in Taiwan alone at least 85 deaths were reported due to hypothermia this past weekend.

Big Change in the forecast

Indeed the mercury is on the rise over the coming days. In fact Naha will be pushing above the average of 19 up to 24. This is due to a low pressure area out of southern china pushing north and with it tropical air masses. By next weekend we are also looking at wide spread rainfall across Japan, especially western Japan. This could bring a flood threat to those areas that just received a high amount of snowfall this past weekend.

Check your local forecast here.