Daily update- Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 02 MAR

NWPAC outlook, 02 MAR

A big warm-up is underway today across most of the north and central regions, as the south region keeps the heat on. The tropics, which were showing weak signs of life earlier in the week, have once again fallen silent. 


A strong storm system is pulling away from Japan to the northeast after serving up a strong helping of windy, wet, and snowy weather across much of the northern half of the country. The air is not particularly cold behind the frontal system, but it is quite dry, and in fact, temperatures are rebounding in an exceptional way across most of the region. This is all in response to a building pool cold air to the north, and the atmospheric dynamics involved that’s allowing warmer air to migrate northward across the region. This cold air is forecast to roll through the region next week, so for now, enjoy the warm temperatures while you can.  Eastern Russia and extreme northeastern China could see some lingering snow showers this afternoon, but the remainder of the region will see lots of sunshine with just a few clouds scattered about.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Ulaanbaatar 4 (39) -17 (1) Partly Cloudy
Vladivostok 2 (36) -11 (12) PM Snow Showers
Beijing 18 (64) -1 (30) Fair
Seoul 8 (46) -1 (30) Partly Cloudy
Tokyo 11 (52) 2 (36) Fair
Xi’an 22 (72) 3 (37) Partly Cloudy
Shanghai 17 (63) 8 (46) Partly Cloudy



Temperatures are also continuing to edge upward with each passing day across the central region, as heat from the south slowly builds into the region.  The good news is that the region is getting a break from the incessant rainfall that has plagued the region for most of the winter. Southern China and northern Indochina will see considerable cloudiness, but should remain dry. Cloudy conditions will also be prevalent far to the east in Iwo To. Everyone else will see just a few scattered clouds mixed in with the ever-warming sunshine as we get a little bit closer to spring.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Kunming 17 (63)              4 (39) Partly Cloudy
Hong Kong 20 (68) 14 (57) Fair
Taipei 21 (70) 13 (55) Fair
Iwo To 7 (45) 1 (34) Cloudy
Hanoi 24 (75) 16 (61) Cloudy



With the ever-increasing sun angle of the midday sun, the south region continues to keep the heat turned on. Cambodia and southern Vietnam will once again see the warmest temperatures of the entire NWPAC, as the intense sunshine beams down through cloudless skies. A recent cold front has pulled up stationary just to the east of the Philippines, which will bring clouds, and a chance of showers, to the northern half of the archipelago. A few thunderstorms could pop up across portions of Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia as moisture within the I.T.C.Z. (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) gets a lift from the afternoon sun.

City High Temp C (F) Low Temp C (F) Conditions
Siem Reap 34 (93) 21 (70) Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 23 (73) Fair
Manila 29 (84) 23 (73) Cloudy
Davao City 33 (91) 23 (73) Fair
Brunei 31 (88) 26 (79) AM Thunderstorms
Singapore 32 (90) 26 (79) Sctd Thunderstorms



As we kicked off this week, there were some signs of life in the tropics, but that has quickly dissipated with the encroachment of drier continental air, courtesy of a strong seasonal northeast monsoon. A few clouds and showers could make the weather a little damp across portions of the Mariana Islands and western Micronesia thanks to the stationary cold front mentioned earlier, but the remainder of the tropics will see a pleasant day ahead with just a few, puffy, cotton-ball clouds amidst the bright afternoon sun.

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

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Courtesy: CIMSS, HKO, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast, Weather.com, MeteoEarth

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