Archive | February 29, 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