Archive | March, 2016

Daily update- Thursday, March 31, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 31 MAR

NWPAC outlook, 31 MAR

Cooler air moves into the extreme sections of the north region, while temperatures keep climbing in the central region. More heat is on tap for the south region, as the tropics heat up, but stay mostly silent. 

NORTH

A complex weather scenario is playing out today across the north region, as cooler air moves into Mongolia behind one storm system to the north, and a fairly large storm system gets organized over eastern China, poised to affect Japan over the next 36 hours. The biggest changes are in the north, where Mongolia will see a few snow showers today as a shot of much cooler air slides through from west to east. The air mass behind the first frontal system is serving to only maintain mostly drier conditions over much of the region. Aside from a few showers in eastern China, the region will see lots of warm sunshine with a few scattered clouds.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar 3 (37) -9 (16) Snow Showers
Vladivostok 10 (50) -1 (30) Partly Cloudy
Beijing 27 (81) 13 (55) Fair
Seoul 22 (72) 6 (43) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 17 (63) 11 (52) Fair
Xi’an 28 (82) 10 (50) Fair
Shanghai 17 (63) 9 (48) Scattered Showers

 

CENTRAL

Temperatures across the central region continue to rise, as the warm sunshine heats up the atmosphere over the region. A stationary frontal system draped over the region will drag in a few clouds over portions of southern China and northern Vietnam, but significant precipitation is not expected. Most of the region will see a nice, warm day today, with just a few scattered clouds.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 24 (75) 12 (54) Partly Cloudy
Hong Kong 22 (72) 17 (63) Partly Cloudy
Taipei 28 (82) 18 (64) Partly Cloudy
Iwo To 21 (70) 18 (64) Partly Cloudy
Hanoi 24 (75) 19 (66) Cloudy

 

 SOUTH

Intense heat continues to affect the south region, especially over Southeast Asia, as the summer season gets into full swing. The regional average high temperature will settle in just above 34C (93F), with temperatures approaching 37C (99F) across interior Indochina. The good news is that the region will enjoy a rain-free day, as locations to the south dry up a bit. Look for lots of hot sunshine this afternoon with just a few scattered clouds in some spots.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 37 (99) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 25 (77) Fair
Manila 34 (93) 24 (75) Fair
Davao City 34 (93) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 32 (90) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 34 (93) 27 (81) Partly Cloudy

 

 TROPICS 

The tropics remain relatively quiet today, as temperatures slowly climb each day. One flare-up of convergence over western Micronesia and the Marshall Islands is quite impressive on satellite, but aside from a few showers and thunderstorms, there’s not much to it. Most of the region will see plenty of warm sunshine today, and a cloud or two here and there.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 31 (88) 24 (75) Fair
Yap 33 (91) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Palau 28 (82) 27 (81) Partly Cloudy
Chuuk 31 (88) 27 (81) Partly Cloudy
Pohnpei 32 (90) 27 (81) Thunderstorms
Majuro 28 (82) 27 (81) Cloudy
Wake 25 (77) 23 (73) Partly Cloudy

Have a great Thursday!

Courtesy: CIMSS, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast, WUnderground.com, MeteoEarth

FIRES SEEN FROM SPACE ACROSS THAILAND

Visible Satellite

Before the wet season kicks in many farmers are working hard to clear fields and get ready their crops for the upcoming rainy season across South East Asia.

 

In Thailand one of the main methods of doing this is with fire, it removes old and dead plants in the cheapest and quickest way possible, albeit not very good for the environment.

 

The image above shows a visible satellite image from NASA on the 20th of March. It is fairly easy to pick out where smoke from the clear cropping fires smothers most of the northern portions of the country.

 

Most of the fires were lit on purpose but the weather conditions in the region combined with a severe drought helped many of the blazes to burn out of control and spread more fire and smoke across the region.
The second image below also shows at how many were actually burning at that time. Most if not all being man made.

SAT IMAGE OF FIRES

Daily update- Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 30 MAR

NWPAC outlook, 30 MAR

Warm, spring weather continues across the north and central regions, while the south region cranks up the heat. The tropics remain free of development, but stay generally wet. 

NORTH

Spring weather is in full force across most of the north region with temperatures continuing to edge up slightly as the length of daylight increases. A weak storm cold front will pass through Japan today, but moisture is scarce in the area, so very little in the way of precipitation is expected. The primary low pressure area associated with this same system is passing through eastern Russia, with the same general conditions and results. A weak storm system will form today along a frontal boundary that extends back into eastern China, and will bring clouds and a possible sprinkle or two to these locales. The remainder of the region will see a nice day ahead with plenty of warm sunshine.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar 13 (55) -2 (28) Partly Cloudy
Vladivostok 11 (52) -3 (27) Fair
Beijing 22 (72) 4 (43) Fair
Seoul 17 (63) 3 (37) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 19 (66) 11 (52) Partly Cloudy
Xi’an 26 (79) 9 (48) Partly Cloudy
Shanghai 19 (73) 11 (57) Cloudy

 

CENTRAL

Temperatures across the central region also continue to climb slowly upwards as the warm sunshine heats up the atmosphere. Moisture out ahead of a frontal system to the north is being pulled in over portions of southern China and northern Vietnam, and a few showers are possible in the locations. Skies will be cloudy far to the east in Iwo To as moisture from the most recent storm system slowly clears out. The remainder of the central region will see just a few scattered clouds mixed in with the very warm sun.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 24 (75) 11 (52) Cloudy & Windy
Hong Kong 22 (72) 18 (64) Partly Cloudy
Taipei 24 (75) 17 (63) Fair
Iwo To 20 (68) 17 (63) Fair
Hanoi 23 (73) 19 (66) Cloudy

 

 SOUTH

Seasonal summer conditions persist over the south region, with the most intense heat located over portions of Southeast Asia. The air mass is relatively uniform to the east and south, but generally hot temperatures dominate the region. Singapore will see a few scattered thunderstorms today as tropical moisture gets a lift from the intense afternoon sun. The remainder of the region will see sunny to partly cloudy skies.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 36 (97) 26 (79) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 36 (97) 77 (75) Fair
Manila 33 (91) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Davao City 34 (93) 24 (75) Partly Cloudy
Brunei 33 (91) 26 (79) Partly Cloudy
Singapore 34 (93) 27 (81) Scattered T-storms

 

 TROPICS 

Rainfall across the tropics will increase today, as moisture increases and gets a lift from the warm afternoon sun, located almost directly overhead. Temperatures are reflective of the increasing sun angle, and daytime duration, warming up to more normal levels. Showers and thunderstorms will be widespread across Micronesia today, as locations to the north and east see more settled conditions.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Guam 31 (88) 25 (77) Partly Cloudy
Yap 32 (90) 25 (77) AM Rain
Palau 28 (82) 25 (77) Periods of Rain
Chuuk 32 (90) 27 (81) Scattered T-Storms
Pohnpei 32 (90) 27 (81) Thunderstorms
Majuro 28 (82) 26 (79) Ptly Cloudy
Wake 26 (79) 23 (73) Fair

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Courtesy: CIMSS, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast, WUnderground.com, MeteoEarth