Archive | February, 2016


Northern Japan has been blasted by one of the more potent storms of this winter season.


The worst hit areas are across Hokkaido where hundreds remain without power today and one community in Utoro has been completely cut off when the only highway in to the town was submerged in the heavy snow.


A incredible amount of total accumulation has hit the area in the past 48hrs. Some places over a meter of total.  This combined with winds gusting up to typhoon strength has been for dangerous travel conditions across not only Hokkaido but further south in to Tohoku and Hokoriku.



On Monday over 110 schools were closed across the country and over 150 flights were cancelled out of Sapporo alone. Something to note with the schools as well, many children are having their graduation ceremonies today in Hokkaido. And with the blizzard it looks like those will need to be cancelled.


Blizzard warnings remain in effect today with an additional 40cm expected in Hokkaido and Tohoku.  While in Hokoriku we could see up to 35cm of total snowfall. Keep in mind all of this is along the Sea of Japan coastline, so Tokyo will not get any snowfall. In fact it will be sunny through out Tuesday and Wednesday.


Winds up to typhoon strength is also still possible. Blizzard warnings remain in effect on all of Japans Northern Island, and along the Sea of Japan coastline of Honshu as far south as Nagano.



For the most part the snow should taper off through Tuesday evening in to Wednesday for Central Honshu and Hokkaido.  In Hokkaido though another system will move through late week ushering in more snowfall across the island.


As far as central and western areas, spring like weather is on the way. Temperatures in Tokyo will climb to 18-19 by Sunday pushing April to may like at times.





Daily update- Tuesday, March 1, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 01 MAR

NWPAC outlook, 01 MAR

A bit of a warm-up is ahead for the north and central regions, while the south remains hot and the tropics kick up a few showers and thunderstorms.


A storm system currently passing through Japan will keep temperatures cool across the eastern half of the north region today, while areas to the west and south warm up considerably as the cold air boundary pulls up stationary and starts to retreat to the north. The entire region will see warming temperatures ahead a slight cool-down this weekend and a sharp drop next week. Parts of northern Japan will see clouds and showers, with a few snow showers as well, as the storm system moves out of the area over the next 24 hours. The remainder of the north region will see mostly fair weather, and mild temperatures, under lots of sunshine.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar 4 (39) -19 (-2) Partly Cloudy
Vladivostok -4 (25) -14 (7) Partly Cloudy
Beijing 11 (52) -3 (27) Fair
Seoul 3 (37) -3 (27) Fair
Tokyo 9 (48) 1 (34) Fair
Xi’an 18 (64) 3 (37) Fair
Shanghai 12 (54) 4 (39) Fair



The central region will see temperatures moderate also, as warmer air from the south starts to creep its way northward across the region. The best news is that most areas that have been dealing with a steady dose of moisture over the past couple of weeks will see much drier conditions today. The entirety of the central region will enjoy a rather pleasant day, with plenty of warm sunshine mixed in with a few scattered clouds.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 15 (59)              4 (39) Partly Cloudy
Hong Kong 18 (64) 14 (57) Partly Cloudy
Taipei 16 (61) 11 (52) Partly Cloudy
Iwo To 6 (54) 1 (32) Partly Cloudy
Hanoi 24 (75) 13 (55) Fair



It’s still darn hot in the south region; however, some cooler air has filtered in from the north across southeastern Asia, helping moderate temperatures just a tiny bit across Cambodia and southern Vietnam. Most locations across the south region will see a fine day today, with Singapore being the lone exception, with a chance of thunderstorms popping up in the mid-afternoon heat.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 33 (91) 20 (68) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 23 (73) Fair
Manila 31 (88) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Davao City 34 (93) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 31 (88) 26 (79) Fair
Singapore 32 (90) 26 (79) Sctd Thunderstorms



The tropics remain mostly calm and quiet today, with just a bit of convergent energy located out east in Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. A trough associated with an old frontal boundary will help increase rain chances across western Micronesia as well, but coverage will be minimal. The Mariana Islands and Wake continue to deal with pulses of continental energy, which could help fire off a few scattered thunderstorms over Guam this afternoon. The remainder of the region will see a mix of clouds and sun with warm, tropical temperatures.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 26 (79) 22 (72) PM Thunderstorms
Yap 31 (88) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Palau 31 (88) 25 (77) PM Thunderstorms
Chuuk 30 (86) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Pohnpei 31 (88) 26 (79) Cloudy
Majuro 28 (82) 26 (79) Ptly Cloudy & Windy
Wake 27 (81) 23 (73) Ptly Cloudy & Windy

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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

Daily update- Monday, February 29, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 29 FEB

NWPAC outlook, 29 FEB

As we add an extra day to February this leap year, we find changing conditions across much of the north region, as the central and the south keep heating up. The tropics are still mostly quiet, but are starting to show some signs of life. 


A mix of air masses will affect the north region today, with cooler air sliding through the eastern half of the region. Shanghai will see the biggest drop in temperatures today, as the mercury falls about 11C (20F) from yesterday’s reading. Tokyo will see much warmer temperatures this afternoon, compared to previous days, as mild air gets pulled up ahead of the next frontal system. The storm system responsible for the warm-up will slide across northern portions of the archipelago today, bringing windy conditions with a few clouds and showers, and high elevation snow showers, to parts of Hokkaido, and drag the cold air boundary across the entire nation by tomorrow morning. Most locations across the north region will see a pleasant day ahead, with lots of sunshine and just a few scattered clouds.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar -1 (30) -15 (5) Partly Cloudy
Vladivostok -6 (21) -19 (-2) Ptly Cloudy & Windy
Beijing 6 (43) -3 (27) Fair
Seoul 1 (45) -7 (27) Fair
Tokyo 18 (64) 2 (34) Partly Cloudy
Xi’an 17 (63) 2 (36) Fair
Shanghai 11 (52) -1 (30) Fair



The storm system to the north of the central region will also help pull in more warm air across the eastern portions of the region today, bringing the warmest temperatures of the year to many locations. Aside from a few clouds in Taiwan, and a few showers far to the east at Iwo To, the central region will see pretty nice weather today with just a few clouds around.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 13 (55)              4 (39) Cloudy
Hong Kong 21 (70) 13 (55) Cloudy
Taipei 16 (61) 10 (50) Rain
Iwo To 12 (54) 0 (32) Fair
Hanoi 27 (81) 12 (54) Cloudy



The heat continues across much of the south region as we kick off the new work week, but temperatures will be a bit cooler than recent weeks. General cloudiness with a few showers are possible in the northern portions of the Philippines, as moisture interacts with a washed out frontal boundary, or trough, draped over the archipelago. Thunderstorms will be on tap for Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia today, as tropical moisture increases over the area and gets a good lift from the hot afternoon sun.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 33 (91) 19 (66) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 23 (73) Fair
Manila 31 (88) 24 (75) Showers
Davao City 34 (93) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 30 (86) 26 (79) Thunderstorms
Singapore 31 (88) 26 (79) Thunderstorms



The tropics are still very quiet as we end the month of February, but there is increased convection within the I.T.C.Z. (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) which could be loosely interpreted as signs of life from the trouble-making region. For now, however, showers and thunderstorms are quite scattered, with no signs of future development on the horizon. Most of the showers activity will be confined to the eastern islands of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, and will be quite scattered in nature. Continental energy is once again lashing out at the Mariana Islands, bringing some showers and gusty winds to the group. Wake Island will also see a few showers pop up as a result of energy from the temperate latitudes encroaching on the area.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 26 (79) 22 (72) AM Showers
Yap 31 (88) 25 (77) Fair
Palau 31 (88) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Chuuk 29 (84) 27 (81) Partly Cloudy
Pohnpei 30 (86) 26 (79) Cloudy
Majuro 29 (84) 26 (79) PM Showers
Wake 27 (81) 23 (73) PM Showers

Have a marvelous Monday!

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

Weekend update- February 27/28, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 27/28 FEB

NWPAC outlook, 27/28 FEB

Temperatures are holding steady across most of the north region, as warmer air starts to make its way into the area. The central is also heating up a bit as the change of seasons starts to affect eastern Asia. The south remains hot as the tropical air mass heats up in the intense sunshine, and the tropics are still mostly quiet, but showing signs of building moisture.


Warmer temperatures are in store for much of the north region over the weekend as we find ourselves in a bit of a lull. A weak, reinforcing storm system is moving through northern japan this weekend, bringing a few clouds to the area, while behind the cold front, it’s only slightly cooler and much drier. In the southern sections of the region, temperatures are warming up considerably, with spring-like weather in place. Cooler air will quietly fill into the region on Sunday, with another rebound ahead next week. Skies across most of the region will be partly cloudy, with northeastern China, Korea, and eastern Russia holding on to some cloudiness as a weak storm system passes through.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Ulaanbaatar -7 (19) -3 (27) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Vladivostok -3 (27) -3 (27) Ptly Cloudy/Cloudy
Beijing 8 (46) 8 (46) Fair/Fair
Seoul 8 (46) 8 (46) Fair/Cloudy
Tokyo 12 (54)              13 (55) Fair/Fair
Xi’an 22 (72) 15 (59) Fair/Partly Cloudy
Shanghai 19 (66)              22 (72) Fair/Fair



Signs of the seasonal shift are starting to show up across the central region, as clouds and rainfall dominate the weather scene for many locations. It’s much too early to declare the start of the east-Asian rainy season, but for many locations, especially Taiwan, the rain has been incessant over the winter months. Taiwan will finally get a break from the rain late this weekend as clouds and showers are pulled away by a storm system that is exiting to the northeast. A few showers will pop up in southwestern China, as new moisture and a cooler air mass start to slide to the east. The remainder of the central region will see a fair, and relatively warm, weekend ahead of another shot of slightly cooler air next week.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Kunming 13 (55) 14 (57) Showers/Showers
Hong Kong 19 (66) 21 (70) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Taipei 16 (61) 21 (70) Rain/Ptly. Cloudy
Iwo To 14 (57) 15 (59) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Hanoi 23 (73) 24 (75) Fair/Partly Cloudy



Very warm air continues to dominate the south region, as the days get just a bit longer and the intense sunshine heats up the atmosphere. A weak pulse of energy has managed to make its way into portions of Southeast Asia, bringing some relief from the torrid conditions of the past couple of weeks. An area of moisture is being dragged into the Philippines by the seasonal northeast monsoon this weekend, which will help increase clouds and rain chances over the archipelago through Monday. Singapore will also see a good chance for thunderstorms over the weekend, as the remainder of the region stays dry and mostly sunny.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Siem Reap 32 (90) 34 (93) Fair/Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 35 (95) Fair/Partly Cloudy
Manila 31 (88) 30 (86) Showers/Cloudy
Davao City 32 (90) 32 (90) Showers/Showers
Brunei 31 (88) 31 (88) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Singapore 33 (91) 31 (88) Sct T-storms/T-storms



Moisture is plentiful in the tropics below 10 degrees north latitude, but the air dries out considerably to the north as continental air masses continue to infiltrate the region. One surge of moisture is moving into the Philippines this weekend, which will enhance rain chances over the nation through Monday. Another ripple of weak energy is located far to the east, in eastern Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. The potential for development is negligible; however, clouds and rainfall, with a few embedded thunderstorms, will affect locations in the area. The Marianas will see clouds and showers as a result of continental energy passing through, but the remainder of the region should see a rather nice weekend with plenty of warm sunshine.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Guam 26 (79) 26 (79) Showers&Wind/Showers
Yap 32 (90) 31 (88) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Palau 31 (88) 31 (88) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Chuuk 29 (84) 29 (84) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Pohnpei 30 (86) 30 (86) T-stms/Sctd. T-stms
Majuro 29 (84) 28 (82) Cloudy&Wind/Pt. Cldy&Wind
Wake 28 (82) 27 (81) Fair/Partly Cloudy

Have a wonderful weekend!

Courtesy: CIMSS, Tropical Tidbits,, Intellicast, MeteoEarth