Archive | March 30, 2016


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.


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. 


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



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



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



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,, MeteoEarth